Friday, February 10, 2012

Oiling The Hinges

"Take the time to pray -
it is the sweet oil that eases
the hinge into the garden
so the doorway can swing open easily. You can always go there."

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Called To Love

Called To Love

“For one human being to love another,

That is perhaps the most difficult of all our tasks,

The ultimate, the last test and proof.

The work for which all other work is but preparation”

~Rainer Maria Rilke~

"Jesus, you told a powerful story of a person who stopped on a risky road to care for someone’s wounds. Help me also to stop at the unpleasant places in my life, to be present to those who need a touch of love, especially on those days when my life is moving hurriedly and intensely. Grant me the courage to be less fearful of reaching out and walking with others who need a gesture of kindness and care (Lk. 10:29-37)."  ~Joyce Rupp~ 

Monday, February 6, 2012

Friendly Visit!

A Time To Talk ~ Robert Frost
When a friend calls to me from the road

And slows his horse to a meaning walk,

I don’t stand still and look around

On all the hills I haven’t hoed,

And shout from where I am, what is it?

 No, not as there is a time to talk.

I thrust my hoe in the mellow ground,

Blade-ended up and five feet tall,

And plod: I go up the stone wall

For a friendly visit.

Friday, February 3, 2012

Feast on your life!

Love After Love
Dereck Walcott

The time will come, when with elation,
you will greet yourself arriving
at your own door, in your own mirror,
and each will smile at the other's welcome
and say, sit here. Eat.

You will love again the stranger who was your self.
Give wine. Give bread. Give back your heart
to itself, to the stranger who has loved you.
all your life, whom you have ignored
for another, who knows you by heart.

Take down the love letters from the bookshelf,
the photographs, the desperate notes,
peel your own image from the mirror.

Sit. Feast on your life.