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


My writing

  • The Mechanics Of Love, or playing against type by Julia Marks
    “So, Joan,” he begins, leaning an elbow against a quasar.  “I’ve got this absolutely fantastic idea.” But he didn’t speak to Joan directly, did he? Instead he sent three luminous angels.  Saints, really.  But at that point in existence, what’s the difference? She was young.  So young. I remember being young. It wasn’t the content of the visions that mattered so much. It was the experience. The finding of the secret door at the back of the [...]


Thomas Merton poetry

  • Birdcage Walk by Thomas Merton
    1 One royal afternoon When I was young and easily surprised By uncles coming from the park At the command of nurses and of guards, I wondered, over trees and ponds, At the sorry, rude walls And the white windows of the apartments. “These,” said my uncle, “are the tallest houses.” 2 Yes, in the spring of my joy When I was visibly affected by a gaitered bishop, Large and unsteady in the flagged yard, Guards, dogs and blackbirds fled on [...]

Evelyn Underhill

  • Holiness And The Two Loves by Evelyn Underhill
    From Concerning the Inner Life This is not mere pious fluff.  This is a terribly practical job; the only way in which we can contribute to the bringing in of the Kingdom of God.  Humanitarian politics will not do it.  Theological restatement will not do it.  Holiness will do it.  And for this growth towards holiness, it seems that it is needful to practice, and practice together, both that genuine peaceful recollection in which the soul tastes, and really knows that the Lord is sweet, [...]


  • All Shall Be Well Julian of Norwich
    (Adapted from Revelations of Divine Love) And so our good Lord answered to all the questions and doubts that I might make, saying comfortingly: I may make all thing well, I can make all thing well, I will make all thing well, and I shall make all thing well; and thou shall see thyself that all manner of thing shall be well. Where He says, I may, I understand it for the Father; and where He says, I can, I understand it for the Son; and where He says, I will, I understand it for the Holy Ghost; [...]