Archive for the Reflections Category

Why Do I Care?

Why Do I Care?

What absolutely beautiful summer days these are here! Perfect sunny temperatures, the disappearance of mosquito hoards, abundant flowers, veggies and berries in our gardens, eating in the courtyard—it most certainly is a time for huge gratitude for the gift of life and for the generosity and beauty of our beautiful Earth!! Yet we know that all is not well.

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Blessed Be!

Blessed Be!

Blessed Be! And what blessings for our world . . . this encyclical and Pope Francis!  Here we have a clear, comprehensive, straightforward and intelligent expose that recognizes and values Earth as our Sacred Source of life and sustenance and whose gifts are to be shared among all Earth’s family! “Laudato Si’ is absolutely stunning in sweep, depth, and wisdom. It is exactly the right document, […]

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Allurement

Allurement

Often when we are invited to “come away” for a time of prayer and contemplation, we are drawn into the greater dimensions of our reality.  We experience ourselves once again as earlier humans did, as members of a living Universe, a vibrant, nourishing community of life. It is June.  I arrived at Christ in the Wilderness, a Center for Solitude, on a very hot afternoon […]

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Every Bush Is Burning

Every Bush Is Burning

How grateful I am for the nine weeks I enjoyed at The Desert House of Prayer near Tucson!  The Sonoran desert with her beauty and diversity, her dangers and her mystery, drew me in. It was such an unfamiliar environment that I often paused to listen for the heartbeat of God in the beings and landforms and glorious sunsets. At first I had a little […]

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Ancient Streams

Ancient Streams

  “Each year spring breaks through to remind us that Resurrection is the Order of the Universe.”  Let us rejoice in that hope!   Our world has entered a period of great upheaval. Economies are in a collision course with ecosystems and life itself. Reports of climate catastrophe, environmental collapse, food and health decline, massive geopolitical and religious instability and violence, confront us daily. It […]

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In Beauty May We Walk

In Beauty May We Walk

Perhaps the most deeply satisfying experience of the soul is beauty.  Perhaps beauty is what we are made for.  It heals the broken spirit, brings joy and delight, gives us hope in unbearable suffering, quickens the soul.  The physicist describes his equation as beautiful.  We observe a couple in love, a healed relationship, a kind deed, and think “how beautiful”!  We see the first crocus […]

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Our Deepest Heart

Our Deepest Heart

Today is February 4th, the midpoint of our winter season when many in the north really start feeling the challenge of winter. This image might speak to the winter of our present culture. Daily we receive such harsh news of our world. We are distressed by the relentless struggles in national and local politics, in crushed efforts to end violence, in healing Earth, and in caring […]

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Happy New Year 2015

Happy New Year 2015

    Happy New Year! Please join me in this New Year’s prayer shared with me by a friend: PRAYER FOR THE NEW YEAR   2015 is your Special Year! Where were you in 2010? How about 2005? Do you remember the new millennium?   We are experiencing a new half decade! You are flying with the wings of humming care. The pages of life flutter […]

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Advent Reflection by Mary Southard, CSJ

Advent Reflection by Mary Southard, CSJ

WE ARE ALL PREGNANT . . . with everything that waits within us that waits to come forth, be released, and be given expression to the world. Recently at a benefit Christmas concert, I was stirred as I heard a young woman sing these  words from a song I’d never heard before: “I will be like Mother Mary with a blessing in my soul . […]

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