Monday, September 28, 2015

Monday September 28, 2015

Pope Francis Leaves Us . . .


A rainbow of days blesssed the United States
this past week. We now have the example and
the words of this humble Servant of God to
put into practice in our own lives. 

"The joy of the Gospel is for all people."  

"No one is beyond God's mercy."

"Love is shown by little things."

What words touched you; what will change
in your life?

And as the Pope flew home to the Eternal City. . .
the Supermoon put on a show.


          We Rest and Give Thanks For This Most Extraordinary Week.

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2015


Pope Francis in Washington, D.C.

(A shout out to CNN who covered
the day's events in a respectful manner.)
The following images kept many glued
to their T.V. sets throughout the day.
Thank you from those of us who could
not attend in person.

               Shalom on this night to those who are Jewish.

                                           and . . .

          St. Junipero Serra pray for us.

Monday, September 21, 2015

Monday, Sept 21st 2015

Kay Ryan

Happy Birthday to Kay!

Born on this day in 1945.

Check out these links and introduce yourself
to Kay's droll sense of humor.
To appreciate this poet/educator you must
hear her read.

    "Flamingo Watching"  for Kay Ryan.
             Happy 70th Birthday!

Sunday, September 20, 2015

Sunday, September 20th 2015

Happy Birthday! Donald Hall

It is not the awards--and there are many:
Pulitzer Prize for Poetry
National Book Award
Poet Laureate of the United States--
that make Donald Hall a great poet.

Rather, it is one line of work that stays with
a reader forever. To write poetry that rings
so true it must be is the sign of a great poet.
Donald Hall has given us such work.

Read & Celebrate!

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Friday, September 11, 2015

September 11th 2015


Today we recall the events of  September 11, 2001.
We think about where we were when we heard
the news.

So many emotions filling that day and the days that followed.


When you visit the 911 Memorial Park in NYC you are prayerfully
quiet--everyone in their own thoughts.
Almost 3,000 names are inscribed in bronze around the reflecting pools.

May our good God give strength to families who mourn
                   --especially on this day. 


             May all who died Rest in Peace.

Thursday, September 10, 2015

Thursday September 10th 2015

Celebrating Mary Oliver

Happy 80th Birthday! 

Mary Oliver's poetry celebrates the natural
world and draws us into her thoughts.

What a gift to be "married to amazement" as
she wrote in her poem, "When Death Comes."

Today let's honor this poet by allowing ourselves
to be amazed by something in our life that we may 
have failed to notice in the past.

Monday, September 7, 2015

Monday September 7th 2015


This holiday was created in 1887 to
honor those who labor.
May this day remind us that all workers
deserve to be treated with respect and dignity.

            “Power, money, culture do not give us dignity.
                   Work, honest work, gives us dignity.”
                                                              -Pope Francis

Sunday, September 6, 2015

Sunday, September 6th 2015


             to Summer . . . 

Even though we are not officially in Fall
yet, September is a turning point, right?

Birthdays are turning points also. 
Here are some poets who will celebrate
their special day in September.
Let's give them a shout out for all the
pleasure and connection they give us!

September 10th    Mary Oliver
September 17th    Kay Ryan
September 17th   Carl Dennis
September 20th   Donald Hall
September 30th   W.S. Merwin

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

September 1st 2015



In the words of Pope Francis:

"The annual World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation will offer individual believers and communities a fitting opportunity to reaffirm their personal vocation to be stewards of creation, to thank God for the wonderful handiwork which he has entrusted to our care, and to implore his help for the protection of creation, as well as his pardon for the sins committed against the world in which we live.....We live at a time when all Christians are faced with the same decisive challenges, to which we must respond together, in order to be credible and effective”.

The Pope noted the initiative follows in the footsteps of the Orthodox Church which, for the past 25 years, has dedicated September 1st, the beginning of a new year in the Orthodox liturgical calendar, to care for the environment. Since that time, the World Council of Churches has also marked a month-long‘Time for Creation’ stretching from September 1st to the feast of St Francis of Assisi on October 4th.

-Report from Vatican Radio