Stand Erect And Raise Your Head

How comfortable are you with the words, “stand erect and raise your heads because your redemption is at hand.”   Many of us have grown up with the idea that Advent is a time of repentance, a penitential time.  In giving deeper thought to the words I heard for the...

Offering An Easy Eye

My husband prefers grey days. “Easy on the eyes,” he says. Though I usually prefer sunshine, his love of the subdued has rubbed off on me, especially this time of year.  When the landscape moves from brilliant color to subtle hues, greys, browns, and white after a...

Spaciousness Between Our Branches

In our community, we are blessed to have a new park along the Chippewa River that has paved paths which allow us to walk our monthly silent peace walk year-round. This month as we walked, the crisp air of late fall was refreshing as darkness rapidly fell. The sun set...

Veterans Day

On November 11, we observed Veterans Day.  This date was formerly known as Armistice Day, observing the end of World War I.  The Armistice was signed at the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month of 1918. In those days, that war was called “The Great...

What is Mine to Do?

As St. Francis of Assisi was dying, he told his brother friars, “I have done what was mine to do, now go and do what is yours”. But what is mine to do and how do I know (especially since it often involves leaving a commitment behind)?  Letting go of current...

Tree Vision

Trees I think that I shall never see A poem lovely as a tree.   A tree whose hungry mouth is prest Against the earth’s sweet flowing breast;   A tree that looks at God all day, And lifts her leafy arms to pray;   A tree that may in summer wear A nest of...

Wonderfully Absurd

There was a locust tree in the back yard of my parents’ house. Its spindly, feathery leaves and smooth, compact trunk seemed out of place among the rough, sprawling trunks and sturdy, angular leaves of Kansas’ cottonwoods. Moreover, something about the tree’s color...

SEEK SILENCE AND SURRENDER

Seek silence and surrender; your busy-ness make still, To listen in the silence is how we know God's will. We cannot hear Him speaking as noises around us shrill; Stopping to hear the voice of God helps us climb the hill. That hill of life that is sometimes steep,...

The High Thin Spaces

I’m 32,000 feet above Lake Michigan.  It’s -51 degrees outside the Delta 737 I’m a passenger in.  In 1600 miles I hope to touch down to earth again.  As I look out the window of the plane I am recalling some words spoken by a Protestant pastor during a retreat I was...

Feast of St. Francis and the Transitus

In a few days we will be celebrating the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi.  For Franciscans this is our big celebration.  St. Francis founded the men’s Order of Friars Minor, the women’s Order of St. Clare, the Third Order of St. Francis and the Custody of the Holy...

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