A glass of wine and rain on a March afternoon
She says she just visited Morocco
Ate a lot of foods served in tagines.
I struggle to know
The imperfections of a place
To find a solution, an honest quest
Some look familiar, others look relevant
A little twist, a little nudge can move small stones
Inspiring but not enough to tackle boulders
Unheroic simplicity to a balanced life.
Even busy exhausting life
Can point to God
With his never absent mercy and love.
To seek God is not for a day or a month
It’s not a pilgrimage
It’s a lifelong task, I will find in him
“The ultimate reasons for things.”
Sometimes we feel dead in our faith
Sometimes we feel invigorated like spring
The desert of lent is not devoid of life
“Rise, do not be afraid.”
A new time to bring us back to God
Forgotten often during busy hours of work
Or diverted in digital temptations
Come in silence. Sit still.
Quiet the tumult of your heart,
A few minutes of rest.
A time to affirm who you are.
Remember who will be tempted afterwards.
I set a goal on Tuesday that I will follow a day schedule starting with meditation in the morning. I meditate from 20 to 30 minutes. It is a spiritual meditation which opens with a centering prayer suggested by Thomas Keating, a Benedictine, who wrote about Centering Prayer.
Breakfast follows with coffee and slice of bagel smothered with peanut butter. I read our local morning paper.
The following hour or two I read the books collected on my bedside table. Then I go to the internet for the eCourses I currently taking.
Tuesday night Mrs.Abstract attended a Valentine’s Day party in my Rotary Club.
Yesterday morning Mrs. Abstract and I went to church for the Ash Wednesday service and received the ashes on our forehead. It is a sign of change, repentance and preparation for Lent and symbol of life impermanence. In the evening I attended the meeting of our Napa Valley Writers. We had an open mike and bilingual poetry reading. Three students from our local high school read some of their poems. Napa Valley’s poet laureate read of his poems. I listened and didn’t read any poem. It was a lively and wonderful evening.
Today I just returned my walk to the river. It was sunny and 69.
In two hours I’ll be going to the library to attend a presentation by one of our local writer/photographer who will present and narrate with photos the story of the wildfire in October, 2017 that devastated Napa and especially Sonoma County with 245,00 acres of burned area, burned down 8,900 buildings & houses and 44 deaths.
“Jesus went out to a mountainside to pray, and spent the night praying to God”.- Luke 6:12
“Midway upon the journey of our life
I found myself in a dark wood,
For the straightforward path had been lost.”
-Dante, Canto 1, Divine Comedy
photo: on the door, Washington National Cathedral, Washington,D.C.
I arrive at the liminal space
a place to pause
to unravel a whorl of thought
to open wide my hands
welcome the whole universe
Spring brings lent
a time to transform the heart
the inward turn
alone without angels
to pray with pain and joy
“Thy will be done”.
I have broken the song into pieces
and want to make it whole again
but the sun is setting
carrying colors of summer,
rhythm and lyrics,
chorus and synthesis,
my singular longing.
Should I be afraid
for the light after the veil?
What will it be like
to meet the Lord?
In the primitive Church Holy Saturday was known as Great, or Grand, Saturday, Holy Saturday, the Angelic Night, the Vigil of Easter, etc. It is no longer, like Maundy Thursday, a day of joy, but one of joy and sadness intermingled; it is the close of the season of Lent and penance, and the beginning of paschal time, which is one of rejoicing.
from : Catholic Encyclopedia
“Lent is a time to take a long look at my life and find the treasure of my faith. My spirit is meant to experience the grandeur of God.”
spend some quiet time with the Lord
—from The Little Black Book of Lent
“Even now, says the Lord, return to me with all your whole heart, with fasting, and weeping, and mourning; rend your hearts, not your garments, and return to the Lord, your God. For gracious and merciful, is he, slow to anger, rich in kindness,and relenting in punishment. Perhaps he will again relent and leave behind him a blessing, offerings and libations for the Lord, your God.”
—from Joel 2:12-14