Category: Spirituality

Being at Peace

We are not at peace with others because we are not at peace with ourselves, and we are not at peace with ourselves because we are not at peace with God. -Thomas Merton

Creation Gives Thanks

  It is so thoughtful and commendable to thank those who do us favors that if we glance around, we see that when earth is regaled by heaven’s waters and sunlight, it sends forth grass and flowers in grateful payment for the gift. Very… Continue Reading “Creation Gives Thanks”

Contemplation of Creation

  . . . their answer was their beauty.  From today’s reading in the Psalter I asked the earth, the sea and the deeps, heaven, the sun, the moon and the stars….My questioning of them was my contemplation , and their answer was their… Continue Reading “Contemplation of Creation”

For the Beauty of the Earth

Our hymn at morning prayer today was “For the Beauty of the Earth.”  For the beauty of the earth, For the glory of the skies; For the love which from our birth, Over and around us lies; Lord of all, to Thee we raise… Continue Reading “For the Beauty of the Earth”

Wisdom from Gertrude the Great

This morning’s reading (below) from the Psalter was from Spiritual Exercises by Gertrud the Great of Helfta. “My God, you are my hope; you the glory; you the joy; you my blessedness. You are the thirst of my spirit; you the life of my… Continue Reading “Wisdom from Gertrude the Great”

Gratefulness

Every morning I receive a daily quote from Gratefulness.org(it’s easy to subscribe). The quotes are always inspiring and uplifting. I look forward to them. This was yesterday’s: Talk about the joys of the unexpected, can they compare with the joys of the expected, of… Continue Reading “Gratefulness”

St. Teresa of Avila

Today is the Feast of St. Teresa of Avila (1515-1582). She was a Doctor of the Church, also a mystic and writer – and truly a practical, down-to-earth woman who saw into the heart of God, and truly made a difference in her world.… Continue Reading “St. Teresa of Avila”

Letting Go

Only This We need, in love, to practice only this: letting each other go. For holding on comes easily; we do not need to learn it. Source: Poetry of Rainer Maria Rilke This house is going. Eventually all the houses on the bluff will… Continue Reading “Letting Go”

They’re singing our song!

How wonderful it was to hear the strong and clear voices of the Prima Voce Choir from St. Mary’s High School in Stockton on Sunday at our celebration of 135 years of presence and ministry in the Diocese of Stockton. They sang a song… Continue Reading “They’re singing our song!”