seasons of life
spring new life
may our loved ones who have passed on
blossom into happy peaceful lives again
for their contributions to our lives
may their lights burn brightly in our souls
honored in our thoughts and actions
in honor of Aunt Yvonne
“Earth brings us into life
And nourishes us.
Earth takes us back again.
Birth and death are present in every moment.”
—Thich Nhat Hanh
“Be still and know that I am GOD…
Be still and know that I AM…
Be still and KNOW…
– Six Line Prayer by Josh Baran based on Psalm 46
Continue reading Focus Word: Stillness
could be a day out in Nature to refresh and renew, enjoying the great cathedral of the outdoors
could be as short as one refreshing breath
could be time in church, meditation, prayer
could be a walk with no destination in mind, just savoring each breath, tree and flower, taking the time
I found some new leaves nestled in a pink “nest” to savor
Continue reading Reflection Word: Sabbath
““When you pray,” it has been wisely said by an Orthodox writer in Finland, “you yourself must be silent…You yourself must be silent; let the prayer speak.” To achieve silence: this is of all things the hardest and the most decisive in the art of prayer. Silence is not merely negative—a pause between words, a temporary cessation of speech—but, properly understood, it is highly positive: an attitude of attentive alertness, of vigilance, and above all of listening. The hesychast, the man who has attained hesychia, inward stillness or silence, is par excellence the one who listens. He listens to the voice of prayer in his own heart, and he understands that this voice is not his own but that of Another speaking within him.”
—Archimandrite Kallistos Ware, “The Power of the Name: The Jesus Prayer in Orthodox Spirituality”
“Through the portals of silence
the healing sun of wisdom
and peace will shine upon you.”
A collaborate group collage done a couple of years ago for Amma’s Circle of Love Letters….
This was a video taken on New Year’s Eve a few years ago. Halved lemons were scooped and replaced with oil and a wick. We placed the lit oil lamps into the pond with prayers for peace and happiness.
“There is a light that shines beyond all things on earth, beyond us all, beyond the heavens, beyond the highest, the very highest heavens. This is the light that shines in our heart.”
“We can be mirrors that brightly reflect the glory of the Lord.”
—2 Corinthians 3:18, The Living Bible
“Swift As A Star Flicker
Prayer, it does ascend
Up from the mind into the air
Through the highest cumulus
In an orange dusky sky
And higher still, like a tailed comet
Out of earth’s realm of spiraling starlights
And into the black of space,
And higher still
Past a rare jeweled galaxy
With stars like sapphires, rubies, emeralds and diamonds
Where a nebulous cloud, a violet mountain births
Explodes new stars forth
A factory place, a sandcastle of space
And higher still,
To the top of the highest universe-
That second sky
Swift as a star flicker
To God’s ear
An ear pressed close to the keyhole
Of that other Kingdom’s door
An ear so fine
That it can hear
Unspoken prayer clear
As a trumpet’s mighty blare
And God’s spirit reaches forth
To companion the soul
—Zellie M. Quinn
“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
Continue reading Christmas Star
A beautiful wreath was given to me on this first Sunday of Advent by Christine a few years ago. This together with the Christmas carol “People Look East” inspired this mosaic.
It is a fusion of eastern and western traditions…
“People, look East, the time is near
Of the crowning of the year.
Make your house fair as you are able,
Trim the hearth and set the table.
People, look East and sing today:
Love, the Guest, is on the way.”
–Eleanor Farjeon [1881-1965]
Son in our hearts
Dispel the darkness.
“Come, Spirit who makes a home in us.
Draw us to the treasures of your dwelling.
Reveal to us the inner journey of love.”
” May I Have This Dance?”, Ave Maria Press
My friend, Christine, made this beautiful wreath for me one Advent. This photo was taken after an interfaith Taize gathering I had in my home. I have made this into a greeting card with Joyce Rupp’s permission.