Archive for June, 2010

Garden midwife

I work in the garden as a midwife: watering, mulching, weeding, pruning, and tending to its needs.  As I do this, I resonate with the desire for life that sends a turnip’s green stem pushing forcefully through thirsty soil in need of watering.  I wince with pain for the strong button weeds as they are pulled out.  I sympathize with the pumpkin vines that keep stretching beyond their boundaries, trying to take much more than their designated space.  I whisper thank you to the freshly picked pea pods as they fill the garden basket.  As my fingernails get dirty and my muscles feel the strain of caring for the garden, I know that the landscape of this nurtured haven is reflective of the landscape of my inner life.  Without a doubt, my soul’s growth needs a midwife’s tending as well.

— Joyce Rupp and Macrina Wiederkehr “The Circle of Life”, p. 122.


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For this reason they are before the throne of God,

and worship him, day and night within the temple,

and the one who is seated on the throne will shelter them.

They will hunger no more, and thirst no more;

the sun will not strike them, nor any scorching heat;

for the Lamb at the center of the throne will be their shepherd,

and he will guide them to springs of the water of life,

and God will wipe away every tear from their eyes.

— Revelation 7:15-17

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If I were God

If I were God, I would make a world exactly like this one.  I love its inconsistencies, its contradictions. I love it that this river flows around stones and finds its own way. I love that people are free, even to be selfish and to think they own beaches and mountaintops and have the right to keep the poor off them.  I love it that things change, that the boundaries of nations and the fences of the rich get torn down sometimes. I love it that some people think we have many lifetimes while others think that we have only this one. I especially love it that no one knows for certain, even if they think they do.

— Pat Schneider, from “The Sun Magazine” February 1997, for Anne Dellenbaugh, wilderness guide

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Present moment

Instead of dashing through the day, completing one activity as quickly as possible so as to get at something else, it would be better to savor each part of the day as if this were your last day. Get as much out of the present moment as possible, from daybreak to bedtime. Even sleeping should be done well, even if one must wake up now and then to enjoy the night. When you eat, give each dish its full importance and extract its individual flavor… Most everything we do deserves reverence, and a special setting. But one must live naturally, without pretense.

— Harlan Hubbard, from “Payne Hollow Journal”

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A day of Silence

can be a pilgrimage in itself.

A day of Silence

can help you listen

to the Soul play

its marvelous lute and drum.

Is not most talking

a crazed defense of a crumbling fort?

I thought we came here

to surrender in Silence,

to yield to Light and Happiness,

to Dance within

in celebration of Love’s Victory!

— Hafiz, from “I Heard God Laughing”, translated by Daniel Ladinsky

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Journey God

God of my journey,

walk with me

through the ups and downs of life.

When I am anxious, give me your peace.

When I am sad, give me your joy.

When I get lost,

come and find me

and show me the way.

When I am alone,

come and be

my closest friend.

— Maureen Conroy, RSM (from “Journey of Love”, p. 65)

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Roots and wings

Roots and wings

I yearn for most of all

My longing to stay

My longing to go, come

wrapped in the same package.

I struggle.

It is very much the same

when we fall into each other’s lives.

Our roots say:


Set up your tent!

Be at home here!

Our wings say:

Continue your journey!

Don’t get root bound!

Keep dreaming of something beyond!

When you love someone

you have to let them go.

It’s the only way to keep them…

— Macrina Wiederkehr, “Seasons of your Heart”, p. 26

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