At a Loss

Blessed are those who mourn

for they will be comforted[1]

Weeping the loss of a loved one

professes the acute aching

mitigating the grave anguish.

Yes, grief can be overwhelming

but our shadow must be embraced

to find lasting comfort and joy.

Sadness is inevitable…

shedding true tears is both healing

and necessary for wholeness.

Being open to the helplessness –

yielding to the powerlessness –

closes the emptiness

Those who heartily mourn

are graced with  consolation

[1] Matthew 5: 4

More Beatitudes

Some contemporary practices I believed condoned by God:

Blessed are those who listen, for they will find accord

Blessed are the marginalized, for they will be sustained

Blessed are the builders of bridges, for they will be welcomed.

Blessed are the truth-tellers, for they will have peace of mind.

Blessed are the contrite for they will be free

Blessed are the caregivers, for they will enjoy satisfaction

Blessed are the hearth-makers, for they will have harmony

Blessed are the advocates, for they will be safe

Blessed are the kind, for God cannot do it without them


How you see…

is what you see[1]

observe with eyes wide shut

and look through the window of the soul

How you listen…

is what you hear

be attentive to the sounds of silence

and receive the noise in between the notes

How you speak…

is what you say

entreat with your lips pursed

and be a whisperer of being

How you sniff…

is what you smell

take a deep breath nasally…

and inhale the fragrance of union

How you grasp…

is what you hold

embrace the wind

and be touched by an angel

How you live…

is what you live

trust God’s Word

and take a leap of faith

[1] Richard Rohr


John calls, Change our ways

and make straight the Way.

Jesus wants to join

the narrow Way…

He answers the call.

He asks the brazen John

to baptize him – a rite of passage –

to begin his ministry

But John is humbly hesitant –

the pain of change…

the path would not simply straighten.

Jesus rejoins it must be done

to embrace all that is expected

and fulfill all demands.

John submits with Jesus

their wills conjoin with God –

to realize their mission.

John submerges…

the Spirit emerges…

Jesus is reborn.

God enjoins, my breath breathes

I am well-pleased.


God goes as water flows…

Life lives as water gives

It starts with a drizzle

becoming helpful rain,

which saturates all the plain.

Excess and melting flow

to moisten and irrigate –

drought to mitigate.

Thirst is completely quenched

all beings truly slaked

taken care of and staked.

Water purifies deeply…

a washing essential

cleansing despite credential.

God sanctifies as water satisfies…

God blesses as water confesses


When we get our worldly way,

often the feat’s apparent success

is undone and comes under assault

with an unintended result.

Naturally we chafe under trial

and fret with tribulation,

especially at our undoing

and motives misconstruing.

Hardship nurtures strength.

It creates possibility

and fosters our assurance

in God’s faithful endurance.

“I have told you these things,

so that in me you may have peace.

In this world you will have trouble.

But take heart! I make the world stumble.”[1]

Yes, we can expect God’s support,

when our intention is good,

persisting regardless of adversity,

and accommodating despite difficulty.

So, “be more patient and long-suffering,

which engenders joy and peace –

magnanimous and standing tall

among those who are mean and small.”[2]

[1] John 16: 33

[2] Father Judge Meditations p150

God’s Sadness

The tears God sheds are real

and in harmony with creation.

God’s gloom is not our doom,

nor does it lessen her love for us,

all of us, regardless of awareness.

God’s grief is not fear of failure,

She does not ache from envy,

and does not compete with us.

God’s anguish gives witness,

She sees the neglected

and laments the canceled.

God’s sadness is not desolation.

Rather than a sign of discord,

it’s accord with our unhappiness.

God’s distress is not dejection.

She shares our sorrow and gives hope,

mercy, and compassion.

God’s suffering saves us,

She participates with us

and shows us the Way.

Seeing with God’s eyes

includes crying with God’s tears.

Soulmate (Psalm 139)

My Lady,

   You are in my bones.

   You are with me always in all ways;

   You embrace me and hold me close.

From the time I wake up until I go to sleep;

   You are my companion every day

in every way.

Before a flash in my eye

a sound in my ear

a word on my tongue,

a thought in my mind

a feeling in my heart

a truth in my soul

   You are aware completely,

and You put up with me

and take care of me unconditionally.

You encircle me,

   Indeed, I am in the center of your circle;

You have taken my hand in yours.

   It seems too good to be true,

   I am afraid and want to resist.

Can I escape Your company?

Can I flee Your presence?

My Lady,

   You are in my bones.

   You are with me always in all ways;

   You embrace me and hold me close.

Surely the darkness will obscure me,

   and I can hide in the shadows.

No, resistance is futile

   the darkness is not dark to You,

   there are no shadows in Your light.

For You created me

   in Your image and likeness;

Yes, I am fearfully and wonderfully made

   for you formed my being

   and my soul is not hidden from You.

Your eyes saw my unformed body

   You fashioned my unshaped soul

You made me in my mother’s womb;

   and I am the fruit of her womb.

Can I escape Your company?

Can I flee Your presence?

My Lady,

   You are in my bones.

   You are with me always in all ways;

   You embrace me and hold me close.

When I awake,

   I am present to You.

When I fall asleep

   I rest assured with You

Search me, and know my heart;

   temper me and allay my anxiousness.

Take away my fears and doubts

   and make me fierce and free.


Advocacy is listening

and reflecting what is heard –

an apostle is full of mercy.

The world is a noisy place

full of sound and fury

and quiet is hard to come by.

Desperate to be left alone,

solo silos are created…

rendering all senseless.

So, chaos abounds

and discord reins

with desolation for the horizon.

The world is a noisy place

full of sound and fury

and quiet is hard to come by

Eager to have peace

some listen intently…

leading to communion.

So, harmony ensues

and order cultivates

consolation and possibility.

The world is a noisy place

full of sound and fury

but stillness makes rest assured.

Trusting the process

sacrifice makes change happen –

that’s apostolic compassion.

Standing in the Stream

“Knowledge knows that a tomato is a fruit,

Wisdom is not putting it in fruit salad”[1]

Knowledge is knowing that righteousness is doing the right thing,

Wisdom is loving with whole mind, heart, and soul.

Life has often been thought of as a journey,

and we imagine it as a path or road.

Suppose it is more like a river or stream –

to be happy we go along with the flow.

Unconcerned about being on either shore

and unable to control the turbulence,

we can stay afloat and maintain our true course

by focusing on the current here and now.

Of course, we must be prepared without a plan,

aware of our surroundings, and attentive

to our purpose in navigating the way,

turning distractions into indifference.

Knowledge and wisdom are very different –

indeed, “You cannot stand in the same stream twice”[2]

Knowledge is knowing to serve the common good,

Wisdom is loving our neighbor with God’s love.

[1] Miles Kingston

[2] Heraclitus