Days In The Desert, Quotes

Desert Day 25: Desert Wisdom, What God Has Blessed …

Water, water, water ... There is no shortage of water in the desert but exactly the right amount , a perfect ratio of water to rock, water to sand, insuring that wide free open, generous spacing among plants and animals, homes and towns and cities, which makes the arid West so different from any other… Continue reading Desert Day 25: Desert Wisdom, What God Has Blessed …

Days In The Desert, Interreligious, Quotes

Desert Day 21: At Home In The Silence …

Be silent, O all flesh, before the Lord. — Zech 2:13 Where shall the Word be found, where will the word resound? Not here. There is not enough silence. — T. S. Elliott from Collected Poems (Ash Wednesday)   To enter the unspeakable requires a quiet courage that points to what is often out of… Continue reading Desert Day 21: At Home In The Silence …

Days In The Desert, Quotes

Desert Day 17: Listen Carefully And Attentively To The Questions …

What is going on in your innermost being is worthy of your whole love ... — Rainer Maria Rilke from Letters to a Young Poet By slowly converting our loneliness into a deep solitude, we create that precious space where we can discover the voice telling us about our inner necessity—that is, our vocation. Unless… Continue reading Desert Day 17: Listen Carefully And Attentively To The Questions …

Days In The Desert, Quotes

Desert Day 16: Solitude of Heart …

The word solitude can be misleading. It suggests being alone by yourself in an isolated place. When we think about solitaries, our mind easily evokes images of monks or hermits who live in remote places secluded from the noise of the busy world. In fact, the words solitude and solitary are derived from the Latin… Continue reading Desert Day 16: Solitude of Heart …

Days In The Desert, Prayers, Quotes

Desert Day 09: A Way In The Wilderness …

In the early centuries of the church, as Christianity continued to find its form, women and men who sought to follow Christ began to move into the deserts of Egypt, Palestine, and Syria. Leaving behind the familiar landscapes they had known, they went into the wilderness to divest themselves of all that separated them from… Continue reading Desert Day 09: A Way In The Wilderness …

Days In The Desert, Quotes

Desert Day 01: Something Unknowable, About To Be Revealed …

And Jesus, full of the Holy Spirit, returned from the Jordan, and was led by the Spirit for forty days in the wilderness ... — Luke 4: 1-2 Despite its clarity and simplicity, however, the desert wears at the same time, paradoxically, a veil of mystery. Motionless and silent it evokes in us an elusive… Continue reading Desert Day 01: Something Unknowable, About To Be Revealed …

Poems, Quotes, Seasons

Born of a Star (Advent/Winter Solstice) …

Return to the darkness, return this longest night of wonder Return Return to the dream, return this holy night to ponder Deep in the night, listen listen Turn to the light waken, waken Deep in the night turn to the light Waken to Sun’s ancient summons ~ we who are born of a star who… Continue reading Born of a Star (Advent/Winter Solstice) …

Quotes

The Desert …

Prayer is not asking. Prayer is putting oneself in the hands of God, at His disposition, and listening to His voice in the depth of our hearts. — Mother Teresa from Mother Teresa: In My Own Words It is this nothingness (in solitude) that I have to face in my solitude, a nothingness so dreadful that… Continue reading The Desert …

Quotes

Silence Is One Of The Major Thresholds In The World …

Silence is one of the major thresholds in the world  ... Meister Eckhart said that there is nothing in the world that resembles God so much as silence. Silence is a great friend of the soul; it unveils the riches of solitude. It is very difficult to reach that quality of inner silence. You must… Continue reading Silence Is One Of The Major Thresholds In The World …