Creed

“I believe…” is faith without doubt.

“I believe…” is not a statement of fact.

The truth must be shared. It is the idea

I live and die for. It is in dialogue.

 

Faith is not enough, belief fulfills us –

beyond space and time, right here and right now.

 

Our creed’s avowal fosters harmony,

encourages peace, and creates oneness.

Our self resists a change of course,

Our God insists on a change of direction.

 

“I believe trees”.

We share the earth –

sustaining our life and contributing beauty.

 

“I believe elephants”.

We share zeal –

finding new paths to walk together.

 

“I believe whales”.

We share the seas –

defying exploitation instilling awe.

 

“I believe us”.

We share the air –

breathing in life, breathing out love.

 

“I believe you”.

We share the wind –

the breath of God embracing all always.

Wellness (Psalm 23)

Our Lady is my shepherd; I shall not be in want.

I rest assured with Her in green pastures,

She leads me to placid pools,

She restores my soul.

 

She guides me with flawless bearing

to be renewed and refreshed.

even though I walk

through the valley of naughting,

 

I will not abide in the House of Fear,

for you are with me;

with a tender embrace

you comfort me.

 

You give me graces and blessings

in the presence of everyone.

my angels keep me safe;

my cup overflows

 

Surely goodness and love will follow me

all the days of my life,

and I will dwell in the house of Love

forever.

 

Maulbeck Psalter (Volumn 1) now available on Amazon

Way

Too often, the manner “its” always been done,

becomes the One Way “it” can be achieved,

regardless of relevance and effectiveness.

 

Unfortunately, one’s failure to get it done

turns into No Way to make it happen,

despite obvious or apparent alternatives.

 

The path of least resistance leaves things undone,

and makes the Other Way attractive,

notwithstanding its impotence and weakness.

 

Those who espouse “I get things done”

tend to suggest the HighWay;

if you’re not with them.

 

Obstacles reduce the chances of ever being done,

and let things In the Way stop progress,

and ignore opportunities to improve.

 

“Let it be” realizes whose will be done,

truth is the Way for “all is good”,

love is the Way to be one and done.

Goodness (Psalm 4)

Here I am, hear my plea, O my God.

I feel abandoned and all alone;

I even wonder why you would listen to me

be merciful to me and hear my prayer.

 

How long, must I live with these indignities?

Is my life full of delusions?

Am I lying to myself?

My Lady has set herself apart and will not embrace me;

She is not answering when I call to Her.

 

I repent, and I am not angry

I want to rest assured in Her love,

I search my heart and am silent

Yes, I am quiet and want to feel Her hug.

 

I practice goodness

and trust in Her.

Many are asking,

“Who can show us any good?”

I answer them

“The face of our God shines upon us.”

 

She has filled my heart with joy

She has provided me

with completeness and fulfillment.

 

I will lie down and sleep in peace,

for you alone, my Lady,

make me safe.

 

Next book featuring praying with Psalms coming in the next couple of weeks

Embracing the Cold

It was bitterly cold and made me shiver,

the prospect of enduring more made me quiver.

 

I buttoned up and ventured forward,

I braced myself and continued toward.

 

Going quickly was not the answer,

I had to slow down and embrace the cold.

 

A measured response of absorbing the chill,

makes it possible to inhale Her will.

 

Regardless of temp, I talk the talk,

in withering weather, I walk the walk.

Blessedness (Psalm 1)

Blessed is the person

who attends to companions,

or follows the way of collaborators,

or joins the ecstasy of grace.

 

The faithful delight in our covenant with God,

and meditate on Her wisdom day and night.

 

The hopeful are like a tree planted by streams of water,

which yields its fruit in season,

its leaf does not wither,

its branches absorb the breath of God.

 

Not so the disruptive!

They are like chaff that the wind blows away.

 

Therefore, the troublesome will not rest assured,

the faithful will have untroubled hearts.

the troublemaker’s fruit is perishable,

the hopeful She watches over

and they will endure forever.

 

  • my next book coming out in a few weeks is a collection of Psalms I have “rewritten” in my own voice

Yielding

Submission goes two-ways

there is a reverse pathway.

 

Yielding requires Resilience,

communication commences,

when paying attention

includes being heard.

 

It all starts with sincere Dialogue,

which is mostly listening.

Being open is affected,

when the other’s words take effect.

 

Self-realization begins with Sharing,

give and take

is putting up with,

and taking care of.

 

 

To submit is genuine Obedience,

which is a union of wills,

rather than subjugation,

or blind compliance.

 

There is a reverse pathway

Submission goes two-ways.

Parker’s Content

I was impressed though not surprised –

She is so calm and content

 

Some would doubt my impression,

after all, she is just a few hours old.

They would contend that newborns

just eat, sleep and poop.

 

I see it differently –

Well-swaddled she responds

to mom and dad with gentle coos

and warmly cuddles

 

With pleased eyes

pursed lips and nestling arms,

she accepts their care

and loves to share.

 

In grandpops arms now,

she snuggles deep –

enjoying my embrace

and smiling gracefully.

 

Sated, she wants to eat.

I comply and she makes happy.

Our eyes locked

and she rests assured.

 

I am impressed though not surprised  –

preparation works

and love ensues –

She is so calm and content.

Here I Am

Am I here?

Distracted by cold,

by heat, by noise,

by quiet, by glare,

by darkness.

 

Called to change,

I obey direction.

I must be different,

and will never be the same.

I am on the way.

 

Here I am!

Present with warmth,

with chill, with silence,

with still, with reflection,

with light.

 

Here I am,

with you honoring us,

feeling pain,

embracing joy.

All for one and one for all.

Justified

alas. I realized I was praying as a child

and I had to embrace praying as a grown up

 

“That Tax Collector was a very bad man;

if all the Pharisee said was true.

But Jesus chooses the wicked one

and rejects the prideful one.”[1]

 

indeed, it is not about being wicked

or being proud that turns God off

it is that the Pharisee assumed

God would be proud of him

 

I spent a long time making God be proud of me

I had good grades – straight A’s

I played sports well – triple letter

I went to church, worked hard – a good neighbor

 

praying is not prideful, it’s first things first –

I have to call on God and then listen,

not go on and on about how good I am

or for that matter how bad I am

 

the Tax Collector prays; “have mercy on me.”

I am Christ-like but I am not Christ

I accept my successes and failures

and rest assured in God’s mercy

[1] Father Judge Meditation on Prudence