Days of Advent, Seasons

Advent Day 24: Joy Is Within Our Reach …

Do not spoil what you have by desiring what you have not; remember that what you now have was once among the things you only hoped for. — Epicurus   There is in all things an inexhaustible sweetness and purity, a silence that is a fount of action and joy. It rises up in wordless… Continue reading Advent Day 24: Joy Is Within Our Reach …

Quotes

Prophets Are Already Among Us …

In every region, everywhere, they are the unsung but mighty voices of community, high-mindedness, and deep resolve. They are the prophets of each era who prod the rest of the world into seeing newly what it means to be fully alive, personally, nationally, and spiritually. — Joan Chittister from The Time Is Now: A Call… Continue reading Prophets Are Already Among Us …

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 …

Days In The Desert, Quotes, Seasons

In Humility Is The Greatest Freedom …

We experience humility not because we have fought and lost but because humility is the only lens through which great things can be seen ― and once we have seen them, humility is the only posture possible. ― Parker Palmer from The Courage To Teach   In Humility Is The Greatest Freedom In humility is… Continue reading In Humility Is The Greatest Freedom …

Days In The Desert, Prayers, Quotes, Seasons

Advent Meditation: Hope Anyway …

See, I am sending my messenger to prepare the way before me, and the Lord whom you seek will suddenly come to his temple. The messenger of the covenant in whom you delight—indeed, he is coming, says the LORD of hosts. But who can endure the day of his coming, and who can stand when… Continue reading Advent Meditation: Hope Anyway …

Days of Advent, Interreligious, Quotes, Seasons

Advent Meditation: A New Narrative …

God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble. — James 4:6 He will rescue the poor when they cry to him; he will help the oppressed, who have no one to defend them. He feels pity for the weak and the needy, and he will rescue them. He will redeem them from oppression… Continue reading Advent Meditation: A New Narrative …

Days of Advent, Poems, Quotes, Seasons

Advent Meditation: God Comes Uninvited …

Into this world, this demented inn in which there is absolutely no room for him at all, Christ comes uninvited. — Thomas Merton from Raids on the Unspeakable The Arrival A more lowly place of birth could not exist. Off to one side sits a group of shepherds. They sit silently on the floor, perhaps perplexed,… Continue reading Advent Meditation: God Comes Uninvited …

Quotes

The Living Image Of God …

The highest form of love is the love that allows for intimacy without the annihilation of difference. — Parker J. Palmer from  The Courage to Teach I conclude by saying that each of us must keep faith in the future. Let us not despair. Let us realize that as we struggle for justice and freedom,… Continue reading The Living Image Of God …

Prayers, Quotes

Prayer Is Our Humble Answer To The Inconceivable Surprise Of Living. …

To pray is to take notice of the wonder, to regain a sense of the mystery that animates all beings, the divine margin in all attainments. Prayer is our humble answer to the inconceivable surprise of living. It is all we can offer in return for the mystery by which we live. — Rabbi Abraham Joshua… Continue reading Prayer Is Our Humble Answer To The Inconceivable Surprise Of Living. …