Archive for February, 2013


Within you lies all the courage you need. …

Solitude opens all the closed doors,

even those nailed shut.

— Nancy Wood, Dancing Moons, p. 15


Read Full Post »

Heart of stillness

In the complex of my own daily schedule, with all its demands, I am reminded that it is important, and more than that, fundamental and essential, to keep clear, open space in my own heart. This means in spite of all the demands, the distractions, and the difficulties that besiege my time, I shall try to carry a heart of stillness.

— Esther de Waal, Living with Christ, July 2005, p. 11

Read Full Post »

Crossing the threshold

I believe in this power of transformation because of my own threshold experiences. One of these darkened periods took place when my father died suddenly of a heart attack. His death plunked me immediately on a doorsill of grief where I stayed for over a year. Oh, how I yearned to go back through the door to the past and undo his death. I wanted to go to the last time I was with him, to say the things that never got said, to hear his laugh, to hug him and say goodbye one more time. During this threshold of immobility and sadness, I did not know what was gestating. Only as depression lifted was I able to move beyond my immobilization to renewed hope. Only then did I realize how compassion had grown in me. Strengthened and purified by the threshold’s energy, I could empathize more fully with the pain of others who knew loss and let it sit inside my heart.

— Joyce Rupp, Open the Door p. 95

Read Full Post »

“Don’t push the river,” say my friend Richard Rohr. Don’t get ahead of your soul. The goal isn’t to get somewhere. The goal isn’t about forcing something to happen. The goal is to be in harmony with the gifts that are already given. The goal is to fall in love with your life.

— Paula D’Arcy, Sacred Thresholds, p. 111

Read Full Post »

Deep questions

Thought-provoking questions are keys for opening the door to a deeper life with God. Like true guides, they may not give us immediate answers, but they enable us to identify and face unknown or unresolved aspects of our spiritual life. If we are to grow, we must also be willing to ask penetrating questions of our deepest self and be ready to give them due attention. As Dawna Markova so wisely writes: “May we all find the courage we need to ask ourselves the questions that will free our minds and strengthen our souls.”

— Joyce Rupp, Open the Door, p. 27

Read Full Post »

Who am I?

Who am I

when I stop


— Dawna Markova, I will not die an unlived life, p. 26

Read Full Post »

Sacred hungers

When you are very still

in a place without words,

steeped in silence,

when the world is elsewhere

with its noise

and motion,

what are

the sacred hungers

that echo

inside of you?

— Dawna Markova, I will not die an unlived life, p. 33

Read Full Post »

Older Posts »