“Prayer that leads to the beauty of the image within is difficult for it requires honesty and humility. It requires freedom from expectations, projections, false hopes and self-centeredness It means to be able to say, I am who I am with my strengths and weaknesses, gifts and failings.” -Ilia Delio, O.S.F., Franciscan Prayer
“If we’re grateful, we’re not fearful, and if we’re not fearful, we’re not violent. Then, we act out of a sense of enough instead of scarcity, and we start to share.”-Brother David Steindl-Rast, quoted by Nipun Mehta
Nipun Mehta describes the richness of Br. David’s “extreme ordinariness”in a recent blog.
A mountain sleeps and rises
braces for storms, celebrates the forest
endures drought, suffers through fires.
Like the mountain
I learn to endure the thought
that life is transient.
I learn a little knowledge
in perception of beauty.
I learn to accept
life’s deep ambiguities.
Season of lent is here.
Time to turn the heart,
with humility, ascend the mountain
not to prove, but to receive
God’s teachings, poured abundantly.
The holy spirit dwells in our heart.
Before the light fades
I stand alone on the beach
my nothingness bared to the elements
I stretch my arms to behold the sea
the immensity of the water that circles the world
the waves that swell with beauty
the fear that enters my heart
when the storm comes
I hold this moment
a moment of clarity and grandeur
I bow with humility and gratitude
to the great mystery.