Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Life has its joys and challenges for all of us. Many times we hear people refer to “their calling”.  I seem to be called to my “calling” at all sorts of times and places and situations. I call it my vision. When times are at their hardest, I pray. When I am in a situation … [Read more…]

Monday, April 3, 2017

The first Saturday we were in New Orleans, I went to a peace rally at St. Roch Park, not far from where we are staying. About 30 people were gathering in a corner of the scruffy park. Though a stranger, I was welcomed warmly and soon understood that there had recently been a violent incident … [Read more…]

Sunday, April 2, 2017

Welcome, my grief, my joy; how dear’s To me my legacy of tears! I’ll weep and weep, and will therefore Weep ‘cause I can weep no more. Thou, thou, dear Lord, even thou alone, Giv’st joy, even when thou givest none.   –Richard Crashaw (English, 1612-1649)

Friday, March 31, 2017

Seventeens: Acoustics by Amit Majmudar (Indian-American, contemporary) A hand must pass the strings for them to sound. The absence of the touch is what resounds. Axon for axon, we are strung, we are A kind of neurological guitar A star has strummed to music. Our musician Has touched us once, gone quiet now to listen— … [Read more…]

Thursday, March 30, 2017

The Guest House This being human is a guest house. Every morning a new arrival. A joy, a depression, a meanness, some momentary awareness comes as an unexpected visitor. Welcome and entertain them all! Even if they are a crowd of sorrows, who violently sweep your house empty of its furniture, still, treat each guest … [Read more…]

Monday, March 27, 2017

We dare not speak with certainty about God’s intentions or motives in any circumstance. But we can testify that, at times, God is able to use our suffering and trials to instruct us and to deepen our faith. Saints in every age have known that to be true. –Br. David Vryhof, SSJE