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Three Generations

Inspired by this family of flowers, the youthfulness, freshness of a bud behind the aging flower who is modeling “being complete”, putting everything in order, tying up loose ends, preparing to die at any moment. And then the glory of the flower at its peak, living each moment well therefore preparing for its death and future generations.

 

“Put everything in order
as day begins to fade.
All things are passing,
moment by moment,
breath by breath.
All things are passing,
moment by moment,
birth to death.
Take off that cloak of fear,
the divine strength you see is here,
and you know you are dying to live.
So put everything in order
as day begins to fade.”

by Sr. Macrina Wiederkehr,“sevensacredpauses, Living Mindfully Through the Hours of the Day”, published by Sorin Books, p. 124-125




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Go

 

There’s a scripture:

“And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.”—Mark 16:15

But I think “The Book of Nature” also has its gospel. I think this flowering dogwood is saying “yes”.

 

“Dear seasons that pass over our fields and through our hearts, you are the word of God spoken to us from the cathedral of the great outdoors. Stir up our love for life. Fill us with joy and passion, wisdom and stillness. Reveal to us our own endurance, patience, and ability to trust. Lead us into reflection and solitude as we move through the years held in the arms of mystery. Teach us to say “Yes” to the unfolding work of the Creator in our lives.”

—from “Circle of Life” by Joyce Rupp and Macrina Wiederkehr




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Christmas Star

 

“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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Pilgrims towards the One

 

When I saw this nasturtium leaf , I immediately saw these drops of water as us, pilgrims, on our journey towards the One. It reminded me of Sr. Macrina Wiederkehr’s words: “The sacred space before the feast of Christmas is our womb time. It is a time of pregnancy and gestation.” The leaf is the sacred space and also the womb. These drops look very pregnant to me.

I am reminded of Rumi’s words “You are not a drop in the ocean. You are the entire ocean in a drop.”




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Turning and Returning

 

“Eternal One who circles the seasons with ease, teach me about Earth’s natural cycle of turning from one season to another.  Remind me often of how she opens herself to the dying and rising rotations, the coming and the going of each of the four seasons.  Open me today to the teachings of the season of autumn.

When I accept only the beautiful and reject the tattered, torn parts of who I am, when I treat things that are falling apart as my enemies, walk me among the dying leaves, let them tell me about their power to energize Earth’s soil by their decomposition and their formation of enriching humus.

When I fear the loss of my youthfulness and refuse to accept the reality of aging, turn my face to the brilliant colors of autumn trees, open my spirit to the mellow resonance of autumn sunsets and the beauty of the changing land.

When I refuse to wait with the mystery of the unknown, when I struggle to keep control rather than to let life evolve,
wrap me in the darkening days of autumn and encourage me to wait patiently for clarity and vision as I live with uncertainty and insecurity.

When I grow tired of using my own harvest of gifts to benefit others, take me to the autumn fields where Earth shares the bounty of summer and allows her lands to surrender their abundance.”

—from “Circle of Life” by Joyce Rupp and Macrina Wiederkehr




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Take Off Your Shoes

 

light streaming through tree

 

“Taking off your shoes is a sacred ritual.  It is a hallowed moment of remembering the goodness of space and time. It is a way of celebrating the holy ground on which you stand.  If you want to be a child of wonder, cherish the truth that time and space are holy.  Whether you take your shoes off symbolically or literally matters little.  What is important is that you are alive to the holy ground on which you stand and to the holy ground that you are.”

—Macrina Wiederkehr, “Seasons of Your Heart”




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Antiphon for Autumn

autumn mosaic

“O GLEANER OF GARDENS AND FIELDS,

Come! Come gather what is most precious in us.
Urge us to embrace our cornucopia of goodness.
Stir up gratitude and a sense of wonder.
Move us to give freely of our abundant harvest.
O Come!”

from the book “The Circle of Life” by Joyce Rupp & Macrina Wiederkehr, Ave Maria Press

 

This is available as a greeting card on Etsy.




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Autumn Equinox Ritual

 

labyrinth

Yesterday, there was an autumn equinox ritual celebrated at the MA Center in San Ramon, California. Lakshmi Collins led us in body prayers invoking the Spirit and qualities of the four directions. We sang, meditated, walked the labyrinth, chanted for peace as we imagined soft white flower petals falling gently upon parts of the earth that need it most. We made the intention of letting go of what does not serve us anymore.
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Like a Stop Sign

 

“Stop!  The street sign reminds you.  Stop running, because life is here, in the present moment.  We have to train in that.  As you breathe out, you say, “I am home.” I am already home, I don’t have to run.  I am at home, in my true home.  The address of my true home is clear: life, here and now.  Peace is something that becomes possible the moment you stop.”

—Thich Nhat Hanh, “You are Here” p. 37

 

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Resting on Rock of Spirit

 

“Stillness is the altar of Spirit.”

—Paramahansa Yogananda

 

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