Category Archives: Mission and Identity

Dec 17 – the first day as Advent folds toward Christmas O Antiphon # 1 – – “O Sapientia” (O Wisdom)

Monday December 17  — “It is the 3 strange angels . . . ” The “O Antiphons” are one of the few song sets from the seven monastic liturgical hours.  Their poetry and song bring Advent wisdom to bear on this … Continue reading

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dec 14 “two starlings dancing” a summer poem blooming in December, like a daffodil in a snow drift William Carlos Williams

Friday, December 14 “that’s what got me to face into the wind’s teeth” I woke this morning with a taste of joy on my tongue, that despite a gaggle of angry news competing for time as we work our commitments. … Continue reading

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Dec 12 – Remembering Bill Pauly, sj – who died suddenly on Nov 29, 2006 age 59

Wednesday, December 12, 2018 “have a cup of tea and rejoice” These days of Advent — 4 weeks that dare us to imagine hope without denying violence, loss, and fear. Year by year, they stir my blood and fill me … Continue reading

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December 10 dates I remember

Monday, December 10, 2018 Over the years on my birthday, Dec 10, 1939; I’ve noticed some dates — one birth – Emily Dickenson in 1830, 3 deaths, and the Nobel Peace Prize award today in Stockholm. Here are three death … Continue reading

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Dec 7 – Pearl Harbor . . . . Dom Helder Camera, Advent Journeys

Wednesday  December 7 “. . .  cares for weary companions . . . “ Back home from 3+ days with my sister Midge and her family in Carson City.  Out the window we had some lovely snow + a couple mule deer & several large … Continue reading

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Dec 3, 2018 – – Sheer bravery, women and men, 1921 and 1980

Monday, December 3, 2018 “.   .   .   .  and wait then, humped and bloody, For the wits to try it again” Some days offer anniversaries of blunt courage and beauty.   The stillness of strong poetry makes … Continue reading

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Nov 30 – “meadow-down is not distressed for a rainbow footing it” – gerard manley hopkins sj

Friday, November 30   –    the  last day of November I’m crazy busy today but a GMH can stand by itself and bless anybody.  Who knows what intuition led Hopkins to this metaphor – – a skylark’s wild explosions … Continue reading

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Nov 28 – a medley of short, long-loved poems & sayings

Wednesday, November 28 How to explain what catches my attention when beginning the day by asking to notice what wants attention just now?   Today’s post surprised me completely. A hint showed up yesterday when a 4” x 6” card fell … Continue reading

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Nov 26 – “missed the first time but noticed later”

Monday, November 26 “and yet there are chances that come back” A friend introduced me to the poet, W. S. Merwin late in 2014;  all sorts of recognition for his poetry.  It me wonder how I’d  missed him for so … Continue reading

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Nov 21 – morning sun & fallen leaves

Wednesday, November 21 —  last day before U.S. Thanksgiving This delicate and demanding Hopkins poem is beautiful; these days of less and lesser sun make  a sweet time for Gerard Manley Hopkins’ brilliant, understated poem about soft paced sorrow, and beauty, … Continue reading

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