Simple but hard to live out, our presence to others is fundamental. It is a gift of attention and support, an opening of the mind to be receptive to the other person.
By harvest time last fall, my little 3-year-old neighbor helper was moving away. My dad wasn’t really interested. With little motivation I simply left the garden. And it overgrew quickly. Then changing seasons brought terrible news.
Notes from the Field - I'd been concerned I was fated to repeat last year's trauma, but Robert Frost's poem and the deacon's interpretation reminded me that though the darkness of winter happens annually, so does the brightness of spring.
When I was 6 months old, I cried for the moon. My mother could not convince me that the moon was not an accessible "ball to play with," as I insisted. Since then, I have realized that many religious seem to have some voice inside that nudges them to "cry for the moon." We're idealists. We want to re-create a better world in which to play.
The panelists shared a variety of approaches that help bring them into union with God: eucharistic adoration, poetry, Scripture, yoga, dancing, drawing, and centering prayer. But all approaches ultimately involve a personal encounter of love, a contemplative experience with the Divine. They described unique individual encounters with God as they responded to this question: "What is your favorite type of prayer? Why?"
The cathedrals represented the space where God became present — mediated by the clergy through the sacraments. The clergy were the teachers of the faith, using stained glass windows and other iconography to tell salvation history. The architecture made order and geometric design a priority as well as conveying a sense of stability and permanence.
Horizons - I always love the Scripture readings during the first week of Easter, when the church prays with the appearance stories of the resurrected Jesus. What I especially appreciate is the human reality.
From A Nun's Life podcasts - In this Random Nun Clip, Sister Maxine and her guests talk about how faith helps us in the ups and downs of life.
Notes from the Field - As full-time volunteers, we are going to struggle to define what we need, what success or failure looks like, to define when we are overindulging in self-care.
As I enjoyed Kalyani Nagar Joggers Park, there was a wonderful interplay of words of prayer like Rabindranath Tagore's poem and reading from the primordial sacred book called nature.
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