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: Listening Point

Point of discovery, awareness of subtle undertones the cabin symbolizes a way of life. Will all places of quiet and beauty be altered? Look, listen, and the day’s confused hurrying slows down. Glimpse the slow moving cycles of growth and change. Catch the mystery as a place speaks of the unknown. The old wilderness leaves its sense of...

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Harvesting Nature’s Wisdom for Listening and Leading

This reflection about harvesting nature's wisdom began as a workshop presented at a conference for Spiritual Directors International in Toronto called "Into the Woods." Harvesting Nature's Wisdom Dependent upon screens and digital realities as we too often are, harvesting nature's wisdom...

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Reader’s Poem: The Startup Owner’s Guide

Thanks to the recommendation of Adam Gordon, President of Andaimo Games and adviser to the Benedictine Center of St. Paul's Monastery, I have already benefited from the entrepreneurial wisdom in this text The Startup Owner's Manual. The methods and principles, I am told,...

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Poem: Ice Break

On the far edge of winter a frozen lake quakes and groans as a warm sunrise hints at spring. Its slabbed topwater, fused by arctic nights, kept silent vigil until now. Hear the hard water whisper. Feel its echoed crack, the rumble of its low-pulsed boom. Wait in...

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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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Artists, Help Us See God

This reflection is an adaptation of remarks made by Samuel Rahberg at the opening of the 2017 Seeing God Juried Exhibit, hosted by St. Paul's Monastery Gallery. The featured image above is "Water Birds" by Renee Sonka and is used...

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Reader’s Poem: Becoming Wise

Our world is abundant with beauty and courage and grace. Our well-being is linked to others beyond family and tribe. Christianity proclaims God entering the fray of physical existence. Change begins to happen in the heart, slowly, over time. God desires us grateful, attentive, courageous in the everyday. Hope becomes a...

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The Gospel of John in Poem and Image

"In the beginning was the Word . . ." The Gospel of John opens with rich poetic imagery and unfolds into twenty-one chapters full of symbols and signs that point to Jesus Christ as truly human and truly divine....

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