why can’t I remember this truth…

“This is the feast where we celebrate the commonplace blessed and transformed by the flesh-taking of God.  Straw and manger bed become a throne, ox and ass the gracious hosts, and humble, fumbling humanity the honored visionaries who come to look and, what is more, to see and understand.  The old tensions between sacred and mundane ease, merge and grant us peace.  It is our chauvinism, not God’s, that contrast the earthy to the heavenly and finds it ordinary, banal, and unimaginative.  The divine contradiction is that we find him where we least expect it.  The human condition: our peak experiences, and especially our sorrows, our successes and especially our failures, our “in loveness,” but especially our struggling human relationships this is the manger bed, these the places where we will know him, the Word in human vesture.”

-Gertrud Mueller Nelson “To Dance with God”

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an advent prayer

God of promise,
Make us ready for Your coming.
Help us to quiet moments of contemplation.
Help us to see awesome beauty in one another’s eyes.
Help us to hear and resound to the cries of the poor and the oppressed.
Help us to breathe in the wonders of nature.
Help us to walk along that path that leads to You.

Help us to know the only truth that will save us.

Help us to serve You until that day.
When we meet face to face.
Help us to grow closer to You with each passing day and to love you.

Come, Lord Jesus!

Amen.

-Carmen L. Caltagirone

Kneeling

Moments of great calm,
Kneeling before an altar
Of wood in a stone church
In summer, waiting for the God
To speak; the air a staircase
For silence; the sun’s light
Ringing me, as though I acted
A great role. And the audiences
Still; all that close throng
Of spirits waiting, as I,
For the message.
Prompt me, God;
But not yet. When I speak,
Though it be you who speak
Through me, something is lost.
The meaning is in the waiting.

-R.S. THOMAS

advent

I wait

with quickened hope
for crooked paths
to straighten,
with tough-soul’d
anguish,
while blinded
keepers of the keys
shut out
God’s own.

(If such a thing were possible.)

I wait,
and will not be
dismayed.

For tiny shoot
of Jesse tree
took root in me
to love
transform,
give sight
set free.

-Sr. Christine Schenk

Advent Antiphons

From Mary’s sweet silence,

Come, Word mutely spoken!

Pledge of our real life,
Come, Bread yet unbroken!

Seed of the Golden Wheat,
In us be sown.

Fullness of true Light,
Through us be known.

Secret held tenderly,
Guarded with Love,

Cradled in purity,
Child of the Dove,

COME!

-Sr. M. Charlita, I.H.M.

sigh….we will wait

 

We will wait. Even so,
Come Lord, come.

In these long, last days
We must bear the weight of sin.
Broken, torn, alone;
Till you bring your peace to reign.

We will wait. Even so, 
Come Lord, come. 

Don’t forget us, Lord. 
Don’t forget us, Lord. 
While we wait. 

We will wait. Even so, 
Come Lord, come.

-Sister Sinjin “In these long last days”

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Toward Silence

Toward Silence

LENT

“What are you giving up for Lent?”
“You.”

“It must be something very dear.”
“Quite true.”

“What do you hope to win by it?”
“Peace.”

(As if one quenched the sun by saying,
“Cease”!)

CLOISTERED

There is a song in silence
That sound could never sing.
There is a light in darkness
That suns could never bring.
There is a love in loneliness,
That baffles ecstasy.
Call me, beloved, I shall not come,
I go…to Calvary.

-Earl Marlatt