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A “useless” hour with God

A “useless” hour with God

I had the opportunity to spend a one day retreat recently at the gorgeous Sisters of Notre Dame, in a lovely nearby town. I offer a few images from the day, and a thought on the importance of solitude from Henri Nowen. “True Christian discipline is the human effort to create the space in which the … Continue reading

Let the Spirit in

Let the Spirit in

The man who can articulate the movements of his inner life… is able slowly and consistently to remove the obstacles that prevent the Spirit from entering. -Henri Nouwen, The Wounded Healer, as quoted in Praying the Hours in Ordinary Life (the essay on “Terce,” the Third Hour)

in the corner

I’ve so been enjoying the February Beautiful series, I decided to keep it going with Lenten Beautiful. This photo is from some prayer time at my church (a 24/7 vigil between Ash Wednesday and First Sunday of Lent).

Lent

Lent

Preparing for Lent this week (the penitential season of 40 days before Easter), I read the following words in our church’s weekly bulletin, written by our Deacon. A very simple explanation of a very profound experience, they capture how the church calendar mimics, defines and elevates the human experience. There’s a place in Christianity for … Continue reading

Hear our prayer

Hear our prayer

Savior of the world, be present in all places of suffering, violence and pain, and bring hope even in the darkest night. Inspire us to continue your work of reconciliation today. Lord, in your mercy, Hear our prayer. This post is part of a series, February Beautiful; you can also see other posts with prayers.

Amos Wilder Poem: Wedding

Amos Wilder Poem: Wedding

Yesterday, I was on my way to visit my…well, technically my step-grandmother-in-law, but since that’s a mouthful, I just call her Bubby Lola.  She lives in a town about two hours away, and I found myself driving and listening to the Interdenominational Protestant Service of Worship at Marsh Chapel (part of Boston University, streamed on NPR). Wedding, a … Continue reading

A Collect for Refugees and Immigrants

A Collect for Refugees and Immigrants

We prayed this prayer at church this morning  (from the Book of Common Prayer) – a moving plea and beautiful invitation to us all. A Collect for Refugees and Immigrants: Heavenly Father, from whom every family on earth derives its name, have mercy on all those who sojourn in this world. As you sheltered your son … Continue reading

Breezes

Breezes

There is this rather ordinary window, with a gauzy white curtain that billows. The window pane, painted white decades ago, overlooks a street corner; the brick walls of the gas station poke into view and remind me of my hometown. Occasionally a sedan drives by, an older man on his way for a lotto ticket, … Continue reading

The Ordinary Tree

The Ordinary Tree

The Ordinary Tree 6:25 am and we sit in the chapel bleary eyed with sleep, psalm after psalm and outside the open window with the icons perched precariously is a tree. The leaves warrant not more than a passing glance – just plain old green with a few crab apples, not even good for flinging, … Continue reading