Profoundly impacted by the lyrics and vocals of “Benediction of the Trees”, written and performed by Derek Dibbern, I share his music and also images of trees I’ve taken through the years in different seasons and from various states and countries. Derek and I met at St. Benedict Center several years ago and our paths… Continue reading Benediction of the Trees
I don’t know Kate Spade. I don’t own any of her purses or other products. I’m not fashion-conscious by any stretch of the imagination—my daughter/personal shopper will vouch for that. But the news that Kate Spade—a beautiful, wealthy, creative woman—has ended her life has me in tears. There are many unanswered questions for those left… Continue reading Suicide: That Voice In Your Head is a Liar
There are many ways to pray. Really all of life can, and should, be a prayer. We are never not in connectedness with God, but it is in prayer that we become aware of this union even more. Recently, I shared an experience of walking a labyrinth, an ancient portal to prayer that has only… Continue reading Many Ways to Pray: Take a Hike
“There are hundreds of ways to kneel and kiss the ground.” –Rumi There are many ways to pray—in song, spoken or written words, silence, creativity, nature and movement, just to mention a few. Paul recommends to “pray without ceasing” (1 Thessalonians 5:17), which is only possible if we are able to connect with our Creator… Continue reading Many Ways To Pray: Walking A Labyrinth
I heard the joyous greeting, “Happy Mother’s Day!”, many times this weekend. But I was thinking since it is the first of this holiday I have spent without my daughter, what makes a “happy” Mother’s Day? Although I would love to be with Jessica, what makes a Mother’s Day truly happy (and this mother’s heart… Continue reading What Makes a “Happy” Mother’s Day?
“Gentle” is going to be my word for 2017. I resolve to be gentle, excessively gentle. A new year’s resolution implies a determined effort to make a change, of which I certainly could consider—to be more patient and generous, to eat more healthful, to exercise, to lose weight. There is an endless list of shoulds,… Continue reading Be Excessively Gentle: A New Year’s Un-Resolution
“Music and rhythm find their way into the secret places of the soul.” -Plato Singing is soulful. It is prayerful and it is powerful. I love to sing (in the privacy of my own car). I love to listen to others sing, from the liturgical chant of Benedictine monks to contemporary Christian artists. Whether it’s the melody… Continue reading Music as Prayer ♫ This Journey Is My Own