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GOODBYE

This is the final post for Value of Sparrows. Thank you for all your warmth, support, and enthusiasm. With all my love, [...]

Prayers

  • No Picture
    Author unknown (When I say this prayer, I insert the name of the person I am praying for at the beginning of each line.) You can be at peace, for God loves you and is with you now and always,  guiding you, helping you, healing you. You can be at [...]

My writing

  • PRAYER: Noon Prayers
    It’s a funny thing, how subtle life gets.  Growing up, our focus is so wide we could paint rainbows across the sky with the brush we are using to watch and play with life.  And even in child-raising years, our focus is fractured and spent, like being in full-time combat, trying to see around every corner, second-guessing our every decision, making everyday efforts grand – even if it’s just to get the trash out to the curb in time for the pickup. Such a success it was to close [...]

Poetry

Thomas Merton poetry

  • The Evening Of The Visitation, by Thomas Merton
    Go, roads, to the four quarters of our quiet distance, While you, full moon, wise queen, Begin your evening journey to the hills of heaven, And travel no less stately in the summer sky Than Mary, going to the house of Zachary. The woods are silent with the sleep of doves, The valleys with the sleep of streams, And all our barns are happy with peace of cattle gone to rest. Still wakeful, in the fields, the shocks of wheat Preach and say prayers: [...]

Evelyn Underhill

  • The Magi And New Birth Evelyn Underhill
    From The School of Charity The story of the Magi shows the new life which has appeared within the rich texture of our normal experience, casting its purifying radiance upon the whole existence of man, the Light of the world, not the sanctuary lamp of a well-appointed church.  Cozy religious exclusiveness is condemned in this mystery.  It is easy for the pious to join the shepherds, and feel in place at the crib, and look out into the surrounding darkness saying, Look at those extraordinary [...]

Mysticism

  • This Book Has Come From God by Mechthild of Magdeburg
    The Soul Praises Herself for Many Things She is Given Two Angels and Two Evil Devils. With Twelve Virtues She Does Battle Against the Flesh From The Flowing Light of the Godhead All the days of my life before I began this book and before a single word of it had come into my soul, I was one of the most naive persons ever to be in religious life.  I knew nothing about the devil’s malice; I was unaware of the frailty of the world; the duplicity of people in religious life was also unknown [...]

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