Days of Advent, Seasons

Advent Day 25: The Longest Night …

The darker the night, the brighter the stars, The deeper the grief, the closer is God! — Apollon Maykov All throughout these months as the shadows have lengthened, this blessing has been gathering itself, making ready, preparing for this night. It has practiced walking in the dark, traveling with its eyes closed, feeling its way… Continue reading Advent Day 25: The Longest Night …

Days of Advent, Seasons

Advent Day 24: Alpha and Omega …

I am making the whole of creation new. . . . It will come true. . . . It is already done! I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End. — Revelation 21:5-6 Is this Jesus of Nazareth speaking here or Someone Else? Whoever it is, is offering an optimistic arc… Continue reading Advent Day 24: Alpha and Omega …

Days of Advent, Seasons

Advent Day 23: Embracing The Mystery …

The lack of mystery in our modern life is our downfall and our poverty. A human life is worth as much as the respect it holds for the mystery. We retain the child in us to the extent that we honor the mystery. Therefore, children have open, wide-awake eyes, because they know that they are… Continue reading Advent Day 23: Embracing The Mystery …

Days of Advent, Seasons

Advent Day 09: A Star To Guide Us …

God came to us because he wanted to join us on the road, to listen to our story, and to help us realize that we are not walking in circles but moving towards the house of peace and joy.  This is the great mystery of Christmas that continues to give us comfort and consolation: we… Continue reading Advent Day 09: A Star To Guide Us …

Books

Stars at Night: When Darkness Unfolds as Light (New Release) …

Stars at Night: When Darkness Unfolds as Light by Paula D'Arcy An apprenticeship with the night is an inheritance I would wish for everyone.” Paula D’Arcy was only 27 when a drunk driver killed her husband and young daughter. But in the midst of her crushing despair, and to her complete amazement, she discovered a presence… Continue reading Stars at Night: When Darkness Unfolds as Light (New Release) …

Prayers, Seasons

For Those Who Have Far to Travel (A Blessing for Epiphany) …

If you could see the journey whole, you might never undertake it, might never dare the first step that propels you from the place you have known toward the place you know not. Call it one of the mercies of the road: that we see it only by stages as it opens before us, as… Continue reading For Those Who Have Far to Travel (A Blessing for Epiphany) …

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) …

Media, Poems, Prayers, Seasons

Descending Theology — The Nativity & A Christmas Prayer…

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xpHiAmL8-b0 She bore no more than other women bore, but in her belly’s globe that desert night the earth’s full burden swayed. Maybe she held it in her clasped hands as expecting women often do or monks in prayer. Maybe at the womb’s first clutch she briefly felt that star shine as a blade point,… Continue reading Descending Theology — The Nativity & A Christmas Prayer…

Poems, Seasons

A Celebration of Winter Solstice …

There is a tendency to want to hurry from autumn to spring, to avoid the long dark days that winter brings. Many people do not like constant days bereft of light and months filled with colder temperatures. They struggle with the bleakness of land and the emptiness of trees. Their eyes and hearts seek color.… Continue reading A Celebration of Winter Solstice …