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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, [...]


  • Third Tuesday Of Advent by Mitch Finley
    From Season of Promises There are people who cannot keep the first commandment because in their heart or hearts they are afraid to keep the second.  They look upon human love as something which competes with the love of God, not as it is – [...]

My writing

  • In Returning And Rest Shall Ye Be Saved Julia Marks
    I have always had the impression that people basically understand prayer. People know that prayers can be answered just the way we imagined.  We know that prayers can be answered in a way we didn’t imagine.  We also know that sometimes prayers aren’t answered. And that confuses us. There are a lot of possibilities for the silence from God as a response to a prayer. One is that “no” is the response.  That we can’t pray our way out of a certain situation, or pray [...]


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

  • EVELYN UNDERHILL THROUGH LENT: God And Self-Offering by Evelyn Underhill
    From The School of Charity “O support me,” says Newman, “as I proceed in this great, awful, happy change, with the grace of Thy unchangeableness.  My unchangeableness, here below, is perseverance in changing.”  The inner life consists in an enduring of this deep transforming for our own soul’s sake, but for a reason which lifts the devotional life above all pettiness – because this is part of the great creative action which is lifting up humanity to the [...]


  • No Picture
    From the Georgia Review  “. . . the natural limitation so flight sempiternally deny the satisfaction of desire.  For this is the inherent irony of vision, that it reveals to us the space beyond our bodies, and the shortness of our grasp.  Visual perception makes it possible for us to grasp for what is beyond, and, at the same time, to realize that we cannot reach it.” —    F. Gonzalez-Crussi, The Five Senses What happens is that in the glare of afternoon eyes physically do tire.  [...]