Silver and gold blind the eyes To the splendour of God And the mystery is lost In a million material ways. We could leave the array Of possessions and things Humble the soul Seek the contemplative way.
Stone, Light and Prayer #4 ~ These moments Are not to be possessed By the snapshots of those Who arrive then quickly leave It is a time to be given Quietly Gently A time to receive. ~ This cycle of poems was inspired by a visit to Tintern Abbey in Wales. Previous posts continue after … Continue reading A Time to be Given
Stone, Light and Prayer #3 ~ Here Where prayer was always meant For centuries So silent now So open now To all God's elements. ~ This cycle of poems was inspired by a visit to Tintern Abbey in Wales. Previous posts continue after the image. ~ Tintern Abbey 1. The time was right Light poured … Continue reading Open Now to All God’s Elements
Stone, Light and Prayer #2 ~ Black jackdaws scavenge Where white monks prayed With songs coarser Than the psalms they made And the stones still speak Of silence, prayer The contemplation of God Here, now, then and there. ~ This cycle of poems was inspired by a visit to Tintern Abbey in Wales. Previous posts … Continue reading The Stones Still Speak
In Times of Crisis #2 This was inspired by a prayer of St. Teresa of Avila. ~ Let nothing Disturb you Nothing Frighten you All things May pass Only God Endures And patience Faith and love And whoever Loves God Knows all There is to know All there has ever Been to know. ~ St. … Continue reading Let Nothing Disturb You
In Times of Crisis #1 I consecrate This day’s long hours In prayer And contemplation May I be sustained By beauty Truth And grace And loving Determination. ~ I wrote this sequence in the UK's period of lockdown when the coronavirus pandemic was at its height. Now in September 2022, I am self-isolating, so decided … Continue reading I Consecrate This Day’s Long Hours
I came upon his words and set my mind to understanding . how the world could teach me the mystery of God . . I had heard of nature as the book of God . But never had the notion rooted deep in my mind . Now I was confronted by the words of a … Continue reading The Stepping Stones to Eternity
We are called To the journey Called prayer and contemplation Not merely For our personal soul But for the whole Human and cosmic Community. Inspired by words by Thomas Keating: "We are called to this journey not just for our personal growth, but also for the sake of the whole human community" (Invitation to Love, … Continue reading Journey Into the Cosmic Community
A poem is a meditation ~ A memorable repeatable ~ Source of contemplation. ~
The houses may become desolate ~ And nature may prey ~ But your ruins may Become your resurrection ~ If you turn from the stones ~ And the pleasures of day ~ And let divinity be your contemplation.