Loss. Strength. Hope.

This is a brief retreat, first time ever at Holy Cross Monastery on the Hudson. A beautiful spot. And real peace. I’ve been reading words I wrote or quoted from others while I was on retreat, back in the spring of 1998. Some of those words belong to the inimitable Henri Nouwen, of blessed memory.Continue reading “Loss. Strength. Hope.”

A Prayer for One and Many

Dear Jesus Good and gentle and faithful Shepherd Look down upon our mother And with her, upon all those who are living in situations like hers, in places set aside for care and under assault by sordid virus in these days And upon all those who lovingly and courageously give care there Dear Jesus, bendContinue reading “A Prayer for One and Many”

Memento mori.

Sonny’s yearbook from high school Is down from the shelf And he idly thumbs through the pages Some have died Some have fled from themselves Or struggled from here to get there Sonny wanders beyond his interior walls Runs his hand through his thinning brown hair ~ Paul Simon, “The Obvious Child” How is itContinue reading “Memento mori.”