By Stuart~John A benediction from the late, beloved John O’Donohue, for the consoling embrace of steadiness and clarity in our most difficult moments For Josie, my mother On the day whenthe weight deadenson your shouldersand you stumble,may the clay danceto balance you. And when your eyesfreeze behindthe grey windowand the ghost of lossgets into you,may a … More Beannacht / Blessing Feast of St Patrick
“Only a Love Stronger than Death Will Satisfy” Greetings in Christ’s Peace, “…the way to self-fulfillment is self-donation; only a love stronger than death will satisfy.” — Blessed Maria Gabriella [from David P. Lavich, OCSO, (Trans.). (2019). “The Letters of Blessed Maria Gabriella with the Notebooks of Mother Pia Gullini,” (p. ix). Athens, OH: Cistercian … More “Only a Love Stronger than Death Will Satisfy”- Blessed Maria Gabriella O.C.S.O.
It’s odd to walk into a church and venerate with a kiss the portrait of someone who lived and died during ones own life time, yet that is what I have been doing for the past few weeks.. When I walk into the church here there is an icon of a bishop, Nikita, who was … More Notes From the Field #4
Today’s reading in chapel on this feast of St. Joseph, reminded me of something from a few years ago. I originally wrote this after a retreat where we talked about women gathering together and women teaching their daughters in order to help them lead more meaningful lives. As a participant, I felt … More … To be like Joseph