“Love is the rose that lends a pure fragrance to life.”
—Amma, “Lead Us to Purity”, p. 138
did the rose
ever open its heart
and give to this world all of its beauty?
It felt the encouragement of light against its being,
otherwise we all remain too
—Hafiz, version by Daniel Ladinsky
“Just as a star led the Magi to the Christ Child, so we are meant to be stars leading others to the Divine Love. Others are also stars for us, leading us to Divine Love. In each of us, the manifestation of Divine Love is a magnificent gift of hope and encouragement.”
—Joyce Rupp and Macrina Wiederkehr from The Circle of Life, Ave Maria Press
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“We can learn from nature
the art of praising God
Stand beside something that is already praising God.
Let the sacredness of that prayer seep into your being.
All that is drawn to God is drawing you with it.”
© Sr. Macrina Wiederkehr, “Abide, Keeping Vigil with the Word of God”, Liturgical Press
Continue reading Expressions of Tenderness
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:
Continue reading Be Yourself
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.
Continue reading You Are a Child of the Universe
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:
Continue reading Undying Optimism
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