Prayers, Quotes

Prayer for Courage & Compassion (Morning Prayer) …

Abandon the urge to simplify everything, to look for formulas and easyanswers, and begin to think multidimensionally, to glory in the mysteryand paradoxes of life, not to be dismayed by the multitude of causes andconsequences that are inherent in each experience—to appreciate the factthat life is complex. — M. Scott Peck from The Road Less… Continue reading Prayer for Courage & Compassion (Morning Prayer) …

Prayers, Quotes, Seasons

Dawn’s Altar (New Year’s Meditation) …

I place on the altar of dawn: The quiet loyalty of breath, The tent of thought where I shelter, Waves of desire I am shore to And all beauty drawn to the eye. May my mind come alive today To the invisible geography That invites me to new frontiers, To break the dead shell of… Continue reading Dawn’s Altar (New Year’s Meditation) …

Quotes

Labyrinths: No Step Taken In Faith Is Wasted …

How far I have to go to find you in whom I have already arrived! — Thomas Merton   Wayside Shrines The difference between a labyrinth and a maze is that a labyrinth has no dead ends. The famed eleven-circuit labyrinth inlaid in the floor of Chartres Cathedral in France has just one path, which… Continue reading Labyrinths: No Step Taken In Faith Is Wasted …

Poems, Quotes, Seasons

Mud and Miracle (A Springtime Meditation) …

in time of daffodils (who know the goal of living is to grow) — e.e. cummings from Selected Poems   Sleeping In The Forest I thought the earth remembered me, she took me back so tenderly, arranging her dark skirts, her pockets full of lichens and seeds. I slept as never before, a stone on… Continue reading Mud and Miracle (A Springtime Meditation) …

Days of Advent, Quotes

Advent Meditation: Love That Sees Us …

Be patient, therefore, beloved, until the coming of the Lord. The farmer waits for the precious crop from the earth, being patient with it until it receives the early and the late rains. You also must be patient. Strengthen your hearts, for the coming of the Lord is near. — James 5:7-8 We live in… Continue reading Advent Meditation: Love That Sees Us …

Quotes, Seasons

Autumn Meditation: Letting Go …

Life starts all over again when it gets crisp in the fall. — F. Scott Fitzgerald from The Great Gatsby The Work of Autumn In autumn we learn more about ourselves, perhaps, than in any other season. Having provided the harvest, Nature now makes everything bare. In this season Nature lets go of its abundant… Continue reading Autumn Meditation: Letting Go …

Poems, Seasons

A Prayer In Spring …

There is a time for stillness, for waiting for Christ as he makes his dancing way toward us. And there is a time to be in motion, to set out on a path, knowing that although God is everywhere, and always with us, we sometimes need a journey in order to meet God—and ourselves—anew. —… Continue reading A Prayer In Spring …

Poems, Seasons

Awaken Me (Easter Meditation) …

Risen One, come, meet me in the garden of my life. Lure me into elation. Revive my silent hope. Coax my dormant dreams. Raise up my neglected gratitude. Entice my tired enthusiasm. Give life to my faltering relationships. Roll back the stone of my indifference. Unwrap the deadness in my spiritual life. Impart heartiness in… Continue reading Awaken Me (Easter Meditation) …

Days In The Desert, Prayers, Seasons

Desert Day 22: Song of Awakening (Spring Meditation) …

As you light a candle: Listen, all you seeds in the Earth, buried in your dark Earthen tombs, as this flame of my spring candle penetrates the darkness, may your young tender stems pierce the Earth to dance in wind and rain just as this flame, like a tiny sun, now dances before me. Father… Continue reading Desert Day 22: Song of Awakening (Spring Meditation) …