Monday, January 27, 2014


              Thomas Merton, the Trappist monk and social activist, once said that as he grew older he came to understand that it was not ideas that change the world but Simple gestures of Love given to the people around you, and often to those you feel most at odds with.  He said that in order to save the world you must Serve the people in your life. "You gradually struggle less and less for an idea," Merton wrote, and more and more for specific people.  In the end, it is the Reality of Personal Relationship that saves everything."

27 January, 2014 

Sunday, January 26, 2014

"The Holy Longing"

Tell a wise person, or else keep silent.
Because the massman will mock it right away.
I praise what is truly alive,
what longs to be burned to death.

In the calm water of the love-nights,
where you were begotten, where you have begotten,
a strange feeling comes over you
when you see the silent Candle burning.

Now you are no longer caught
in the obsession with darkness,
and a desire for higher lovemaking
sweeps you upward.

Distance does not make you falter,
now, arriving in magic, flying,
and finally insane for the Light,
you are a Butterfly and you are gone.

And so long as you haven't experienced
this: to die and so to grow,
you are only a troubled guest
on the dark earth.

~Johann Wolfgang van Goethe

26 January, 2014 

Saint Thomas Aquinas

Saint Thomas Aquinas

Thursday, January 23, 2014

"Soldier's Heart"

       What drew me to Irish literature initially was its pacifist themes.  Among the magical, violent and heroic acts, the greatest were acts of compassion- forgiveness of self and others. These are not political stories, meant to draw lines or assign blame.  All victims of violence deserve compassion.  These same notions are reflected in the poetry and prose of some of my most gifted writing students, themselves Vietnam veterans suffering from PTSD.  Their lives are different from mine; I experience war through  literature and film, while for them the suffering is real. Telling stories is a part of healing, as the Irish have always known.  The stories come out of Ireland's gentle landscape, grass, and stone, from the ruined forts now ringed with hawthorn and furze.  Those hurting from the effects of Soldier's Heart are wise to seek wild places and the comfort that nature brings.
       Men and women with Soldier's Heart have a hard time coming home.  Many who have seen violence, or lived with violence-those for whom dreams have no refuge-are drawn to wild places.  Nature gives no sympathy and no judgement, only the certainty of instinct.  In the lee of the mountain or a stream, we may find what we have lost- instinct, purpose, and peace.

~Patricia Mc Dowell

23 January, 2014 

Saturday, January 18, 2014

Sunday of week 2 of Ordinary Time

Sunday of week 2 of Ordinary Time


Share a Field of  Daisies...
Don't pluck one
walk away;
when you do
We both have Lost,
Something of ourselves
which we pay.
Daisies in the Field
Not for sale;
and a man can't buy
what has No price,
So sit down beside me
in your
Gentle Time...
We both have our Tears
that have not dried.
Share a Field of Daisies.

~ Alicia O'Hara c.

~ Beannaichte'
18 January, 2014 

Friday, January 17, 2014


of Spirit
and Faith
is like a Candle ~
when One is Lit,
Countless Flames Light
up the World around her;
her  World reflects her,


17 January, 2013  

Saint Anthony of Egypt

Saint Anthony of Egypt

Friday, January 10, 2014


is the Hero
And no matter how often
we feel
we know in our Depths
that Something within us
comes from God.
The profoundest Moments
in Life
are the ones
that tell us  
we matter to someone,
and This to me
is the Essence of Faith
and the Essence

Randall Wallace

10 January, 2014      

Friday, January 3, 2014


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~Oscar Wilde

3 January, 2014

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