Days In The Desert, Quotes

Desert Day 41: Be Still, My Restless Soul …

Something stirred from deep within. I felt it knocking, begging to be acknowledged and released. I could not put a name to it, but something felt awakened after a long period of dormancy. In truth, this gnawing sensation had been building for more than a year, but on the levee that day, I grappled with… Continue reading Desert Day 41: Be Still, My Restless Soul …

Days In The Desert, Quotes

Desert Day 35: Humility And Contemplation …

Abba Xanthias said, “A dog is better than I am because a dog also has love but, unlike I myself, the dog does not pass judgment.” Abba Sarmatas said: “I prefer a person who has sinned if he knows that he sinned and has repented, over a person who has not sinned and considers himself… Continue reading Desert Day 35: Humility And Contemplation …

Days In The Desert, Quotes

Desert Day 31: Love Your Enemies …

“The effect of righteousness will be peace, and the result of righteousness, quietness and trust.” —Isaiah 32:17 Loving Your Enemies Probably no admonition of Jesus has been more difficult to follow than the command to “love your enemies.” Some men have sincerely felt that its actual practice is not possible. It is easy, they say, to… Continue reading Desert Day 31: Love Your Enemies …

Days In The Desert, Prayers, Quotes

Desert Day 28: Enter The New Country …

You have an idea of what the new country looks like. Still, you are very much at home, although not truly at peace, in the old country. You know the ways of the old country, its joys and pains, its happy and sad moments. You have spent most of your days there. Even though you… Continue reading Desert Day 28: Enter The New Country …

Days In The Desert, Quotes

Desert Day 08: Being Present To What Is …

As any good therapist will tell you, you cannot heal what you do not acknowledge, and what you do not consciously acknowledge will remain in control of you from within, festering and destroying you and those around you … — Richard Rohr from Breathing Under Water  The Work of Spirituality To finally surrender ourselves to healing,… Continue reading Desert Day 08: Being Present To What Is …

Prayers

Prayer For When A Loved One Comes Out To You As LGBTQ+ …

All-Knowing God, A loved one has just trusted me with a piece of their identity, and I’m not sure how to feel. Perhaps in the past I have simply accepted what so many say, that the Bible argues against those are proudly LGBTQ+, without ever considering how accepting that notion as fact might affect someone… Continue reading Prayer For When A Loved One Comes Out To You As LGBTQ+ …

Quotes

We Were Made For These Times …

My friends, do not lose heart. We were made for these times. I have heard from so many recently who are deeply and properly bewildered. They are concerned about the state of affairs in our world now. Ours is a time of almost daily astonishment and often righteous rage over the latest degradations of what… Continue reading We Were Made For These Times …

Interreligious, Poems

Where the Mind Is Without Fear …

Where the mind is without fear and the head is held high Where knowledge is free Where the world has not been broken up into fragments By narrow domestic walls Where words come out from the depth of truth Where tireless striving stretches its arms towards perfection Where the clear stream of reason has not… Continue reading Where the Mind Is Without Fear …

Poems, Quotes

The Edge of Center …

All tempest has, Like a navel, A hole in it’s middle, Through which A gull can fly, In silence. – Fourteen-Century Japanese, Anonymous From across the centuries, this nameless voice tells us that at the heart of all struggle there is a peaceful enduring center, if we can only reach it. All the wisdom traditions… Continue reading The Edge of Center …