We begin praying the O Antiphons today through December 23. Some of us pray in words. Some of us pray as our eyes take in beauty and goodness. Sister Joan and Sister Ansgar use both images and words to pray in their book Praying the Advent Names of God. Check out Sister Ansgar’s article publishedContinue reading “Praying the Advent Names of God”
This is the final week of Advent. You may feel frazzled, harried, and disappointed with how you kept Advent this year. Let those feelings go. Instead join Mary in saying yes to God who doesn’t worry about the past. Say yes to God who sees the future in you. You are in our hearts andContinue reading “What Is Your Yes?”
Daisies by Mary Oliver It is possible, I suppose, that sometime,we will learn everythingthere is to learn: what the world is, for example,and what it means. I think this as I am crossingfrom one field to another, in summer, and themockingbird is mocking me, as one who eitherknows enough already or knows enough to beperfectly contentContinue reading “Friday Poem”
Summer is about taking time to garden, to read, to sit on the porch, to visit. We will send you a poem now and again this summer that might help you find a place to be peaceful. The one here is from Hafiz, the most beloved poet of Persia who lived over 600 years ago.Continue reading “Summer Refreshment”
I was lucky to have a mother who never stopped teaching, even on a shopping trip. – S. Joan “Now stay on the second note when I go up,” mother coached me. So for the 50 miles to St. Cloud in the car we kept singing, mother repeating, “When it’s spring time in the Rockies…”Continue reading “Harmony”
Make December brighter, more prayerful with the Advent Names of God. Seven images and prayers rooted in Israel’s longings for a messiah, reimagined in our evolving cosmos today. Only $10! Read sample pages and order online at https://goodgroundpress.com/product/advent-names-of-god/.
This poem was first sent to me by a dear friend, Mary Gormley Frenza. For years, we sent it to each other every autumn. This year it goes to all of you. May the harmony of leaf and flower be your companion today. APOLOGY TO MY NEIGHBORS IN AUTUMN In these still days far lovelierContinue reading “Friday Autumn Poem”
The Summer Day by Mary Oliver Who made the world?Who made the swan, and the black bear?Who made the grasshopper?This grasshopper, I mean–the one who has flung herself out of the grass,the one who is eating sugar out of my hand,who is moving her jaws back and forth instead of up and down–who is gazingContinue reading “The Summer day”
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High Sierra Moment The Toheemeanders a meadowhome in its grassesto purple perstemmen,blue lupin, orange puccoon,yellow-eyed daisies mirrors at its wide bendgray granite mountains,tamed by distancebut exacting rigorfor every step higherevery broader view I watchthe mountain water flow—so incredibly clear,lucid almost,as consciousas purpose grasped,as transparentas every brown, beige, taupe, copper, ivorypebble in its deep andslip silentlyinexorablyContinue reading “High Sierra Moment”