Equus Passage 6/11

The true beauty of a flower comes when it reaches full bloom, and that takes time. Our lives open up slowly in God’s hands, and in time we too become a beautiful reflection of the Creator.             [Read more...]

Free Falling

St. Benedict Monastery where I am preparing to become an Oblate is in Oxford, Michigan. The location of the monastery was chosen because of the land; glaciated hill country rising nearly 1,000 feet above the Great Lakes. It is the second highest point in Michigan, and on a clear day you could see Detroit fifty [Read More...]

Thursday’s Prayer for Priests


I remember praying this with my grandmother: A PRAYER FOR PRIESTS                                           By John J Cardinal Carberry Keep them; I pray Thee, dearest Lord. Keep them, for they are Thine The priests whose lives burn out before Thy consecrated shrine. Keep them, for they are in the world, Though from the world apart. When earthly pleasures [Read More...]

Equus Passage 6/4

Your most fundamental obedience to God may be acceptance of yourself – yourself as you are, with all your particular strengths and weaknesses, your gifts and limitations, all the baggage you carry from your remote and immediate past, all that your life has made you.  This person is what God wants, and you must want [Read More...]

The Italian Lilac


My great-grandparents emigrated from Italy not long after they were married; my great-grandmother had a three month old son wrapped against her chest and the oldest girl was still in nappies. Another war had broken out in their homeland, and she had known nothing but fighting since her own childhood in the late 1850’s. They [Read More...]

Thursday’s Prayer for Priests


Pope Francis’ Prayer to Mary Mother of the silence that preserves the mystery of God, deliver us from the idolatry of the present, to which those who forget are condemned. Purify the eyes of pastors with the balm of memory: that we might return to the freshness of the beginning, for a praying and penitent [Read More...]

Equus Passage 5/28

Art by Claire Stoner, 2004.

Who bends a knee where violets grow a hundred secret things shall know. ~Rachel Field God gave us the things of the earth to gladden our hearts, that through His creation we may draw closer to Him and, for a moment, restore the peace of Paradise.   (Art by Claire Stoner, 2004)   (Why Equus Passage) [Read More...]

A Sactifying Glance

It was a late spring afternoon, one of those kind of days when big clouds moved across crisp blue skies, allowing sunlight and shade to waltz around the gardens. I walked down the drive to the front lawn with my white five-gallon plastic pail in hand. I was picking up pine cones and tree litter [Read More...]

Thursday’s Prayer for Priests


Dear Lord, Hear my prayer for your priests in my life. I pray that they will persevere in their calling in the face of ridicule and hate for the sins of their brothers. I pray that they find strength in you in a world that devalues the purpose of their work, and often sees them [Read More...]

Equus Passage, May 21

Love is a direction and not the state of the soul. ~Simone Weil The experience of being loved and in loving draws me forward, into the world, into God. It restores peace and quites turmoil. Love is the direction that returns me to the heart of who I am.   (Why Equus Passage…)   [Read more...]