Archive for September, 2015


Be a person here. Stand by the river, invoke
the owls. Invoke winter, then spring.
Let any season that wants to come here make its own
call. After that sound goes away, wait.

A slow bubble rises through the earth
and begins to include sky, stars, all space,
even the outracing, expanding thought.
Come back and hear the little sound again.

Suddenly this dream you are having matches
everyone’s dream, and the result is the world.
If a different call came there wouldn’t be any
world, or you, or the river, or the owls calling.

How you stand here is important. How you
listen for the next things to happen. How you breathe.
William Stafford,

“Being a Person” by William Stafford.

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Just This, Thomas Merton

Mother Mary Garden

Just This

This beautiful day, with the quiet sun shining on the bronze paint of the Garden Virgin and on the marigolds and the weeds and the hills. Crickets everywhere. Nothing moving in the garden but the wind, a butterfly, and my pen.

Fair day of recollection in the new novitiate chapel, and i was happy in it and accepted its imperfections, and accepted everything. That is all that is needed. When you accept what you have, you see all you have received is more than enough that you are overwhelmed. I desire other things because I fear to be content with what I have–I fear it is inglorious. In the last few days I have seen what matters is to be humble enough to admit I am content with just this. Leave the rest to God.

Thomas Merton

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Blue flowers on stone wall

God is nearer to us than our own soul. For He is the ground in whom our soul stands; for He is the Mean that keeps the substance and sense-nature together, so that they shall never part. For our soul sits in God in very rest; and our soul stands in God in sure strength; and our soul is kindly rooted in God in endless love. And therefore, if we want to have knowing of our Soul, and communion and loving with it, we need to seek into our God, in whom it is enclosed.

Revelations of Divine Love by Julian of Norwich

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ordinarysparrow Spring 2015

Spring 2015

Lord, the air smells good today,
straight from the mysteries
within the inner courts of God.
A grace like new clothes thrown across the garden,
free medicine for everybody.
The trees in their prayer, the birds in praise,
the first blue violets kneeling.
Whatever came from Being is caught up in being,
drunkenly forgetting the way back.


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August 2015 ordinarysparrow photo

August 2015
ordinarysparrow photo

If God is this radiant sunflower,
eye on earth
watching here in summer air
for chorister bees
and angel butterflies,
then away
to mirror vistas of the moon
and far beyond
to fields of mandala worlds
turning on magnetic stems
in august airlessness;
with all saints
I am blessed
at last to catch
a golden glimpse,
a shining trace,
of the very face
of God.

Warren Molton

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Sunflower Turning

Sun flower Thomas Moore

ordinarysparrow August 2015

” No, the heart that has truly loved never forgets,
But as truly loves on to the close,
As the sunflower turns on her god, when he sets,
The same look which she turned when he rose.

Thomas Moore, from the poem Believe Me, If All Those Endearing Young Charms”

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Saint Francis of Assisi

Saint Francis meme

ordinarysparrow photo July 2015

St. Francis

Summer 2015 ordinarysparrow photograph

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(Truth (1896). Olin Warner (completed by Herbert Adams). Left bronze door at main entrance of the Library of Congress Thomas Jefferson Building.)

A poem by Clare of Assisi

Place your mind before the mirror of eternity!
Place your soul in the brilliance of glory!
Place your heart in the figure of the divine substance!
And transform your whole being into the image of the Godhead Itself
through contemplation!
So that you too may feel what His friends feel
as they taste the hidden sweetness
which God Himself has reserved
from the beginning
for those who love Him.

Ivan Granger offers an interpretation of the the poem concerning the first line…
” Place your mind before the mirror of eternity!”

: That could just as easily be a statement from the Buddhist canon. Think about this exhortation for a moment. What does it mean to place your mind before the mirror of eternity? The mirror of eternity is that which reflects everything back to us. To place your mind before it is to be utterly naked to yourself. Everything within your awareness is shown back to you, your faults and foibles, as well your victories and inherent goodness. It is the unblinking view of your own heart. Imagine the steadiness, courage, and supreme humility required to truly do this. To witness yourself that openly, the ego and its constant editing of reality can’t come along.” Ivan Granger

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Prayer As The Way In

ordinarysparrow photo August 2015

ordinarysparrow photo
August 2015

That prayer has great power, which a human
being makes
with all his or her might. It makes a sour heart
sweet, a sad
heart joyful, a poor heart rich, a fooling heart
a shrinking heart brave, a sick heart well, a
blind heart
full of sight, a frozen heart ardent.
It draws down the great God into the tiny
heart. It drives
the famished soul up into the fullness of God.
It brings
together two lovers, God and the soul, in a
place where they speak long of love.

Mechthid of Magdeburg

from Light The Flame: 365 Days of Prayer, Andrew Harvey,

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August 2015 ordinarysparrow

August 2015

” If we are strong enough to be weak enough we are given a wound that never heals, it is the gift that keeps the heart open.” Dali Lama

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