Reader’s Poem: Letters to a Young Poet

Go into yourself. Works of art are of an infinite solitude. Try to love the questions themselves and not lose too much time or courage in clarifying, for what is happening is worthy of your entire love. Perhaps what frightens you is helpless and wants your love. Act as the unique, unrepeatable being you...

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Reader’s Poem: Till We Have Faces

Orual, the angry king’s homely daughter. Psyche, her lovely young sister. The people offered Psyche as bride to the Mountain God, where she lived a vision Orual could not see. Twisting love, Orual convinces Psyche to betray her groom. When the lamp reveals his beauty, Psyche is banished. The...

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Reader’s Poem: Grounded

The biblical narrative is of God coming near. We are in God, God is in us. Liminal space is uncertain territory between two more certain realities. God, like sky, touches the earth and reaches infinitely beyond. We long for stories of belonging, sacred grounding in God. Ultimately, God is...

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Why A Pilgrimage to South Korea?

ince the first announcement of a pilgrimage to South Korea, two comments have been more common than any other: “Wow,” and “Why South Korea?” The wow factor no doubt relates to the storied beauty of a country called “Land...

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Reader’s Poem: The Art of Pilgrimage

Pilgrimage is always an inward journey toward openness, attentiveness, responsiveness —the art of seeing what is sacred. Take your soul for a stroll. What or where has called you into a universal rite of passage —separation, ordeal, reintegration? In each of us dwells a pilgrim, longing for...

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Poem: Seoul Vespers

by Samuel Rahberg When pilgrims hear only music in sounds that mean something to those at home, there is no choice but to feel the way into prayer. One can watch for the right time to rise, to bow, to sit. One can listen for the lilt of...

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Pilgrimage to South Korea, Land of the Morning Calm

    

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Poem: Woodland Stewardship

There is a beauty to these woods that surpasses even the twilight sound of the Great Horned Owl or the crescent moon spilling stars onto cedar tops and pines. These woods grow inside me with the long call of possibility. Nature itself seems unhurried as the forces...

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2016 Pilgrimage to South Korea, Land of the Morning Calm

2016 Pilgrimage to South Korea Land of the Morning Calm May 23 - Jun. 2, 2016 Registration now open! This pilgrimage offers an intimate number of participants the opportunity to experience the global character of Christianity through the lens of Korean Benedictine life....

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Reader’s Poem: The Archetype of Pilgrimage

Pilgrims are people in motion —physically and spiritually and pilgrimage universal: separation, sojourn and return. Such is the ancient and continuing practice across world religions. Underlying similarities, yet innumerable destinations and purposes. True pilgrims relate their experience to a larger framework of meaning, as symbols and images point toward God. Even dreaming of...

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