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Frog Encounter, from Fear to Wholeness

 

“God calls all of you to take the path of the inner truth- and that means taking responsibility for everything that’s in you: for what pleases you and for what you’re ashamed of, for the rich person inside you and for the poor one.  Francis of Assisi called this, “loving the leper within us.”  If you learn to love the poor one within you, you’ll discover that you have room to have compassion “outside” too, that there’s room in you for others, for those who are different from you, for the least among your brothers and sisters.” – Richard Rohr, “Simplicity”

 

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Beauty in Diversity

people, art

“Just as a bouquet having flowers of different colors is more beautiful than a bouquet of flowers the same color, there is one Truth that shines through the rivers and mountains, flowers, the sun, moon and stars, you and I, are all expressions of this One Reality. It is by recognizing this truth in life that we can discover the inherent beauty in this diversity.”

—Amma

 




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Print in Clearest Lines, O Lord

 

“Your words to me are life and health; Pour strength into my soul; Enable, guide and teach my heart to reach its perfect goal. Your words to me are light and truth; from day to day they show their wisdom, passing earthly lore, as in their truth I grow. Your words are perfected in one, Yourself, the living Word; within my heart your image print in clearest lines, O Lord.”

– hymn by George Currie Martin, 1865- 1937




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Stories from St. Francis and St. Clare

 

collage, leaf, St. Francis

“God calls all of you to take the path of the inner truth- and that means taking responsibility for everything that’s in you: for what pleases you and for what you’re ashamed of, for the rich person inside you and for the poor one. Francis of Assisi called this, “loving the leper within us.”  If you learn to love the poor one within you, you’ll discover that you have room to have compassion “outside” too, that there’s room in you for others, for those who are different from you, for the least among your brothers and sisters.”

– Richard Rohr, “Simplicity”

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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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Aging Grace

dried lieaves with fuzz

 

white fuzzy seeds blowing in the air
some have become integral with these dying leaves
reminding me of the parable of the seed
the Word

for these leaves
these Words are softening the letting go process
their faith lighting the way

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some words that are sticking in my head from a song we sung today at church…

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A Fish Cannot Drown In Water

 

“A fish cannot drown in water,
A bird does not fall in air.
In the fire of its making,
Gold doesn’t varnish:
The fire brightens.
Each creature God made
Must live in its own true nature;
How could I resist my nature,
That lives for oneness with God?”

—Mechtild of Magdeburg
from “Women in Praise of the Sacred”, edited by Jane Hirshfield, p. 87

 
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Relax

“Sabbath is an incubator for wisdom.  When we allow the rush and pressure of our days to fall away, even for a short period of time, we are more able to discern the essential truth of what lies before us.  Jesus said, “If the eye is simple and clear, the body will be full of light”, and “Those that have ears, let them hear.”  Through meditation, prayer and stillness, we refine our vision, we sharpen our hearing…Sabbath…[is like] a day of closing our eyes to the busyness of our necessary responsibilities, a meditation in the midst of life, a day to listen more carefully to the story beneath the habitual words and actions that flood our days.”

–Wayne Muller, “Sabbath: Finding rest, Renewal, and Delight in our Busy Lives”, p. 166




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