Seeing

LOOKING deeply at this photograph, can you HEAR rushing water and perhaps FEEL lichens on this rough rock?  Captivated by our sense of vision, we often neglect our other sensory gifts.  Screen-time hypnosis in our modern world has aggravated this imbalance. Helen...

Just Keep Playing

Here’s a fun fact to start your weekend: a three-octave, non-chromatic hammered dulcimer has 46 tuning pegs. That translates to two pegs for each of 23 double-strung courses representing a total of 35 notes. Don’t spend too much time thinking about these numbers. The...

How to Pray

The Gospel this coming Sunday, Luke 11:1-13, has one of Jesus' disciples asking him to teach them how to pray.  Jesus then proceeds to teach them the "Our Father." (Luke 11:2-4)   "Father, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come. Give us each day our daily...

Stop! In the Name of Love.

No, I am not referring at all to the 1965 smash hit song by The Supremes!  Rather, something that happened amid my family’s caring for my father through his long-term illness, and Hospice-at-Home (his wish-this was during the pandemic, and there would have been little...

My Mouth Will Declare Your Praise

When was the last time you could not help but utter praise to God?  How do you feel when you genuinely praise God?  For me, I usually ‘feel’ the incredible awesomeness of the moment with my whole self, inside and outside, which includes my heart and soul and mind. ...

Just for Today

Just for Today - I will try to live through this day only. Just for Today - I will be happy. Most folks are as happy as they make up their minds to be. Just for Today - I will adjust myself to what is and not try to adjust everything to my own liking. Just for Today -...

Where Do Footsteps Lead?

Recently when attending morning Mass, I noticed footprints on the carpeting of the main aisle of the church building.  I later learned that they were left when people came to change some of the light bulbs in the church building.  No harm was done as the carpet needed...

Living in Anticipation

Anticipation is not a bad thing, but when we leave the present moment and begin living in anticipation we encounter some problems.  For instance, you haven’t been feeling well and the doctor schedules some tests to determine what is wrong.  If you are like me, you...

Spine To Spine

Last weekend, after our son and our daughter-in-law, and their busy almost-three-year-old daughter and infant son left the cabin, I sat quietly observing day move toward night.  As the sun sank below the horizon a chorus of woodland frogs replaced the birdsong of...

Come, Holy Spirit

This coming Sunday is Pentecost.  The description in the Acts of the Apostles makes it sound very exciting.  There are wind and fire and the building shaking.  The disciples are fired with new boldness and enthusiasm.  The message seems to be that the Holy Spirit is...

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