The bleak winter sun
fights to display its light, its warmth
fighting through a soft layer of
They, like a mouse nest blanket
try to warm the earth,
taking the sun’s role
(a prideful move).
I watch down here,
down on this windy earth
experience the duvet of pride.
[This same rat's nest clogs my soul.]
I yell within,
“Move out of the way!”
Spring will come,
spring will come.
Things will be
made right, made new.
A Fruitful Devotional Practice: “Examen”
“Examen” (ex ‘ah men) is an ancient practice of examination of oneself in the light of Christ. The idea is to attentively draw close to Christ, the Light of Life, who will in a singular moment illumine his great love for us and illumine the darknesses of our hearts which have failed to notice his love and his calling.
The practice is a formative and comforting practice and fits well in the liturgical prayer rhythm of compline or late-evening prayer, which is where forms of such have been practiced for many, many years.
The prayer of examen can flow smoothly in this rhythm: Continue reading
A Fruitful Devotional Practice: “Lectio Divina”
Lectio Divina is an ancient practice of reading Scripture that intends to lead the reader into a participation with the text. It is slow, filled with intent, and rich for laying one’s being toward the presence of God. I feel this is a great way to start the day.
Step 1: Lectio (Read)
This step is the simple reading and listening to the word of God. This reading is done slowly, perhaps even two or three times over a passage. The goal is to Continue reading