Category Archives: Proverbs

Yutori ~ Spaciousness

ゆとり~ Yutori The Japanese have a concept called ‘yutori’ – an idea that connotes a sense of spaciousness, elbowroom, leeway, reserve, margin, allowance, latitude… time. From a conversation with her Japanese student, poet Naomi Shihab Nye explains, It’s a kind of living … Continue reading

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River of Life Exercise

I have envisioned the spiritual journey as a unique and living curriculum through which God reveals Himself, His ways, His purposes, and His understanding of who we are. Thus a practice like “Practicum of a Soul Friend” is meant to … Continue reading

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The Answer to Prayer is Prayer

Many are looking for answers; some are looking for better questions. Along the way, as we pray, our Life becomes a Prayer. I was reminded by Thomas Merton’s encouragement: as we come to God “the desire to please you, pleases … Continue reading

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Prayer: A Bridge between Longing and Belonging

The following are excerpts on prayer are from John O’Donohue’s chapter entitled “Prayer: A Bridge between Longing and Belonging” (in his book, “Eternal Echoes“): One of the most tender images is the human person at prayer. When the body gathers … Continue reading

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Come With Bread

Jean Vanier, the founder of l’Arche homes for mentally and physically disabled adults, writes a tender and powerful book, “Becoming Human.”  In his chapter on “The Path to Freedom”, he writes about companionship and the need for accompaniment along the … Continue reading

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Noseblind to our own Scent

The entitled never really know the extent to which they [we] are entitled. The rich never really know how prosperous their [our] bank account is. Bigots never really know the extent to which they [we] are racist. And the self-righteous … Continue reading

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The Sound of God’s Voice

“For the past seven months,” reported CNN Religion Editor, Daniel Burke, “Nick Cave, the Australian musician and songwriter, has been answering letters from fans and posting them to his website, The Red Hand Files.” “The letters are profound and personal, even … Continue reading

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