This evening, I attended the 6th day of a 9-day prayer devotion to St. Clare of Assisi at a Poor Clare monastery. Right after the adoration of Christ in the form of consecrated bread, a priest gave a talk about St. Clare’s final words. I believe that her purity and constant love for God and others gave her words a lot of power. It must have been something she prayed each day in some form or other. Her presence was so palpable and living in the priest’s speaking of her words:
Continue reading Be Lovers of Your Souls
This is a collaborative collage I did with my friends Joya, Lorraine, Denise, Christine, Kirpal and Margaret for Amma’s Circle of Love Letters. I believe Joya began this collage and we all added to it, or decided not to add something.
It reminds me of a song by Cindy Lauper. These are part of the lyrics:
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This is a collaborative collage I did for Amma’s Circle of Love with Christine, Denise, Lorraine, Kirpal, Joya and Margaret. I cannot remember now where all the images came from, but the quote is from Christine’s German calendar. She translated it as:
“Everything asks to be caressed and called by its soft and tender name.”
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Shortly after my husband died in 2003, I began to write for Amma’s Circle of Love Letters. I had received a few cards when my husband was ill. The writers assured me of their prayers, and shared positive quotes with me. I received much comfort. I decided to join the writing group since I benefited so much from it. At first I had a lot of reservation about writing, as I had never received good grades in English. So far, no one has complained about my sentence structures or grammar. The process of thinking of others helped pull me out of depression.
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I have a photo-sharing stream on Flickr. One of my contacts there, Terri Turner, had posted a photo/poem/collage series on “optimism in the face of all odds.” This encouraged me to write and share a little poem of an experience I had while driving along the freeway:
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This flower reminds me of a song I have heard at the MA Center in San Ramon, California. It goes like this:
Continue reading God Star in All
“Be thirsty heart,
seek forever without a rest.
Let this soundless longing
hidden deep inside you
be the source
of every word you say.
The time has come to turn your heart
into a temple of fire.
Your essence is gold hidden in dust.
To reveal its splendor
you need to burn in the fire of love.”
–Rumi, quatrains 1010, 1116, Kolin and Mofi translation