Weekly Meditations

 

Wednesday, July 3, 2019

And yet, and yet – there  is always an ‘and yet’ in American history.

                                    Jon Meacham, Soul of America

Wednesday, June 26, 2019

Light within our light

Soul behind all souls

at the breaking of dawn

at the coming of day

we wait and watch.

Your light within the morning light

your soul within the human soul

your presence beckoning to us from the heart of life.

In the dawning of this day

let us know fresh shinings in our soul.

In the growing colours of new beginning all around us

let us know the first lights of our heart.

Great Star of the morning

Inner Flame of the universe

let us be a colour in this new dawning.

                                                                        John Philip Newell, Praying with the Earth

Wednesday, June 19, 2019

One river gives its journey to the next.                                  Alberto Rios

Flag Day, Friday, June 14, 2019

Blood that has soaked into the sands of a beach is all of one color.  America stands unique in the world:  the only country not founded on race but on a way, an ideal.  Not in spite of but because of our polyglot background we have had all the strength in the world.  That is the American way.

            Ronald Reagan, in Jon Meacham, Soul of America:  The Battle for our Better Angels

Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Let us be grateful to people who make us happy, they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom.

Marcel Proust

Wednesday, June 5, 2019

Instructions for living a life:  pay attention, be astonished, tell about it.

                Mary Oliver

                                                                               

Wednesday, May 29, 2019

I’ve often said that those who say having a childlike faith means not asking questions haven’t met too many children.

                Rachel Held Evans, Inspired:  Slaying Giants, Walking on Water, and Loving the Bible Again

May 22, 2019

Faith is a process of leaping into the abyss not on the basis of any certainty about where we shall land, but rather on the belief that we shall land.

                                                          Carter Heywood 

May 15, 2019

All that matters is to be at one with the living God

to be a creature in the house of the God of Life.

D. H. Lawrence, “Pax”

May 8, 2019

So I went down to the potter’s house, and there he was working at his wheel.  The vessel he was making of clay was spoiled in the potter’s hand, and he reworked it into another vessel, as seemed good to him.  Then the word of the Lord came to me.  Can I do with you, O house of Israel, just as this potter has done?  says the Lord.  Just like the clay in the potter’s hand, so are you in my hand, O house of Israel.

                                                          Jeremiah 18: 3-6

Wednesday, May 1, 2019

There is in Celtic mythology the notion of “thin places” in the universe where the visible and the invisible world come into their closest proximity.  To seek such places is the vocation of the wise and the good and for those that find them, the clearest communication between the temporal and eternal.  Mountains and rivers are particularly favored as thin places marking invariably as they do the horizontal and perpendicular frontiers.  But perhaps the ultimate of these thin places in the human condition are the experiences people are likely to have as they encounter suffering, joy, and mystery.

                                                                   Peter Gomes

Wednesday April 24, 2019

Be creative in every day ordinary life, with what’s familiar and enlivening and with what’s different and uncomfortable.  Creativity reflects and relates us to the Divine Artist.  Creativity is vulnerable, which Jesus experienced.  Watch for what is revealed as you risk creating.

                             Br. Luke Ditewig, Society of St. John the Evangelist

Easter Sunday, April 21, 2019

I believe the summary meaning of the Resurrection of Jesus is totally summed up in the climactic line from the Song of Songs (8:6) that I translate as “love is stronger than death.”  If the banner that the risen Christ usually holds in art should say anything that is what it should say:  Amor vincit omnia! Love will win!  Love is all that remains.  Love and life are finally the same thing, and you know that for yourself once you have walked through death.

                                                Richard Rohr, Immortal Diamond

Holy Saturday, April 20, 2019

                   Tell them, Mary, Jesus said,

                   smelling the blossomed air,

                   tell my people to rise with me

                   to heal the Earth’s despair.

                                                                   Edwina Gateley, “Tell Them”

Good Friday, April 19, 2019

Let the same mind be in you that was in Christ Jesus who, though he was in the form of God, did not regard equality with God as something to be exploited, but emptied himself, taking the form of a slave, being born in human likeness.  And being found in human form, he humbled himself and became obedient to the point of death even death on a cross.

                                                          Philippians 2: 5-8

Maundy Thursday, April 18, 2019

I give you a new commandment:  Love one another as I have loved you.

                                      Maundy Thursday service, Book of Common Prayer

 

Wednesday of Holy Week, April 17, 2019

He said to another prisoner, “This is the end. 

For me, the beginning of life.” 

Bonhoeffer was hanged the next day, April 9, at Flossenburg Prison.

                                                Holy Women Holy Men, Dietrich Bonhoeffer

Tuesday of Holy Week, April 16, 2019

We are afflicted in every way, but not constrained; perplexed, but not driven…always carrying about in the body the dying of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be manifested in our body.  

From II Corinthians

Monday of Holy Week, April 15, 2019

God is never a set of concepts to be understood but a relationship to encounter.  In this way the spiritual life is always a journey.  We do not let go once and for all.   Instead, we move through the layers of our lives until we are living more from our hearts than our minds.

                                                Christine Valters Paintner, The Soul of a Pilgrim

Wednesday, April 10, 2019

     Have I lived enough?

     Have I loved enough?

     Have I considered Right Action enough, have I come to any conclusion?

     Have I experienced happiness with sufficient gratitude?

     Have I endured loneliness with grace?

 

     I say this, or perhaps I’m just thinking it.

              Actually, I probably think too much.

 

     Then I step out into the garden,

     where the gardener, who is said to be a simple man,

              is tending his children, the roses.

                                                     Mary Oliver, “The Gardener”

 

Wednesday, April 3, 2019

To be grateful for the good things that happen in our lives is easy, but to be grateful for all of our lives—the good as well as the bad, the moments of joy as well as the moments of sorrow, the successes as well as the failures, the rewards as well as the rejections—that requires hard spiritual work.   Still, we are only grateful people when we can say “Thank you” to all that has brought us to the present moment.

                                                              Henri J. M. Nouwen

Wednesday, March 27, 2019

Christian holiness was never meant to be merely negative. Of course you have to weed the garden from time to time; sometimes the ground ivy may need serious digging before you can get it out.  That’s Lent for you.

N.T. Wright

 

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Just like moons and like suns,

With the certainty of tides,

Just like hopes springing high,

Still I’ll rise.

                                                              Maya Angelou

Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Lord, I come to you with my pain and my words tangled together.  Hear me, O God, and help.  Amen

                                                                        Unknown

International Women’s Day, Friday, March 8, 2019

Pretty women wonder where my secret lies.

I’m not cute or built to suit a fashion model’s size

But when I start to tell them,

They think I’m telling lies.

I say,

It’s in the reach of my arms,

The span of my hips,

The stride of my step,

The curl of my lips.

I’m a woman

Phenomenally.

That’s me.

Maya Angelou, “Phenomenal Woman

Ash Wednesday, March 6, 2019

The confidence of the Christian is always a confidence in spite of darkness and risk, in the presence of peril, with every evidence of possible disaster.

                                                     Thomas Merton

Wednesday, February 27, 2019

For people of color, race tends to be a defining aspect of our lives, whereas white people tend not to recognize the ways in which race shapes their lives.  This incongruence in life experience and racial awareness is at the heart of why so many discussions about race fail.

                                                     Ashley Steele

Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Hate corrodes the container it’s carried in.

                                                     Sen. Alan Simpson

Monday, Presidents’ Day, February 18, 2019

The Americas have been a font of hope and new life for many people around the world in the last five hundred years.  We hope and pray that the God of life will resurrect those other people for whom the Americas have largely been a cross and Calvary.  We pray that God may destroy in us everything that leads to the suffering and death of others, turning us into agents of new life rather than of death.

                                                              Virgil Elizondo, “Way of the Cross”

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

It always seems impossible, until it’s done.

Nelson Mandela

 

Monday, Presidents’ Day, February 18, 2019

The Americas have been a font of hope and new life for many people around the world in the last five hundred years.  We hope and pray that the God of life will resurrect those other people for whom the Americas have largely been a cross and Calvary.  We pray that God may destroy in us everything that leads to the suffering and death of others, turning us into agents of new life rather than of death.

Virgil Elizondo, “Way of the Cross”

 

Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Hate corrodes the container it’s carried in.

Sen. Alan Simpson

 

Wednesday, February 27, 2019

For people of color, race tends to be a defining aspect of our lives, whereas white people tend not to recognize the ways in which race shapes their lives.  This incongruence in life experience and racial awareness is at the heart of why so many discussions about race fail.

Ashley Steele

 

Ash Wednesday, March 6, 2019

The confidence of the Christian is always a confidence in spite of darkness and risk, in the presence of peril, with every evidence of possible disaster.

Thomas Merton

 

International Women’s Day, Friday, March 8, 2019

Pretty women wonder where my secret lies.

I’m not cute or built to suit a fashion model’s size

But when I start to tell them,

They think I’m telling lies.

I say,

It’s in the reach of my arms,

The span of my hips,

The stride of my step,

The curl of my lips.

I’m a woman

Phenomenally.

That’s me.

Maya Angelou, “Phenomenal Woman

 

 

Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Lord, I come to you with my pain and my words tangled together.  Hear me, O God, and help.  Amen

Unknown

 

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Just like moons and like suns,

With the certainty of tides,

Just like hopes springing high,

Still I’ll rise.

Maya Angelou

 

Wednesday, March 27, 2019

Christian holiness was never meant to be merely negative. Of course you have to weed the garden from time to time; sometimes the ground ivy may need serious digging before you can get it out.  That’s Lent for you.

  1. T. Wright

 

 

 

Wednesday, April 3, 2019

To be grateful for the good things that happen in our lives is easy, but to be grateful for all of our lives—the good as well as the bad, the moments of joy as well as the moments of sorrow, the successes as well as the failures, the rewards as well as the rejections—that requires hard spiritual work.   Still, we are only grateful people when we can say “Thank you” to all that has brought us to the present moment.

Henri J. M. Nouwen

 

Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Have I lived enough?

Have I loved enough?

Have I considered Right Action enough, have I come to any conclusion?

Have I experienced happiness with sufficient gratitude?

Have I endured loneliness with grace?

 

I say this, or perhaps I’m just thinking it.

Actually, I probably think too much.

 

Then I step out into the garden,

where the gardener, who is said to be a simple man,

is tending his children, the roses.

Mary Oliver, “The Gardener”

 

Monday of Holy Week, April 15, 2019

God is never a set of concepts to be understood but a relationship to encounter.  In this way the spiritual life is always a journey.  We do not let go once and for all.   Instead, we move through the layers of our lives until we are living more from our hearts than our minds.

Christine Valters Paintner, The Soul of a Pilgrim

 

 

 

 

Tuesday of Holy Week, April 16, 2019

We are afflicted in every way, but not constrained; perplexed, but not driven…always carrying about in the body the dying of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be manifested in our body.

From II Corinthians

 

Wednesday of Holy Week, April 17, 2019

He said to another prisoner, “This is the end.

For me, the beginning of life.”

Bonhoeffer was hanged the next day, April 9, at Flossenburg Prison.

Holy Women Holy Men, Dietrich Bonhoeffer

 

Maundy Thursday, April 18, 2019

I give you a new commandment:  Love one another as I have loved you.

Maundy Thursday service, Book of Common Prayer

 

Good Friday, April 19, 2019

Let the same mind be in you that was in Christ Jesus who, though he was in the form of God, did not regard equality with God as something to be exploited, but emptied himself, taking the form of a slave, being born in human likeness.  And being found in human form, he humbled himself and became obedient to the point of death even death on a cross.

Philippians 2: 5-8

Holy Saturday, April 20, 2019

                   Tell them, Mary, Jesus said,

                   smelling the blossomed air,

                   tell my people to rise with me

                   to heal the Earth’s despair.

                                                                   Edwina Gateley, “Tell Them”

 

Easter Sunday, April 21, 2019

I believe the summary meaning of the Resurrection of Jesus is totally summed up in the climactic line from the Song of Songs (8:6) that I translate as “love is stronger than death.”  If the banner that the risen Christ usually holds in art should say anything that is what it should say:  Amor vincit omnia! Love will win!  Love is all that remains.  Love and life are finally the same thing, and you know that for yourself once you have walked through death.

                                                Richard Rohr, Immortal Diamond

 

 

 

Wednesday April 24, 2019

Be creative in every day ordinary life, with what’s familiar and enlivening and with what’s different and uncomfortable.  Creativity reflects and relates us to the Divine Artist.  Creativity is vulnerable, which Jesus experienced.  Watch for what is revealed as you risk creating.

                             Br. Luke Ditewig, Society of St. John the Evangelist

 

 

Wednesday, May 1, 2019

There is in Celtic mythology the notion of “thin places” in the universe where the visible and the invisible world come into their closest proximity.  To seek such places is the vocation of the wise and the good and for those that find them, the clearest communication between the temporal and eternal.  Mountains and rivers are particularly favored as thin places marking invariably as they do the horizontal and perpendicular frontiers.  But perhaps the ultimate of these thin places in the human condition are the experiences people are likely to have as they encounter suffering, joy, and mystery.

                                                                   Peter Gomes