Pencil practice

“The invitation again and again is to return to the heart and to recognize the slow work of spiritual practice in softening us, making us more receptive to God’s movements.” ~ Christine Valters Paintner

How do you return to the slow work?

Riding the monsters down

“In the deeps are the violence and terror of which psychology has warned us. But if you ride these monsters deeper down, if you drop with them farther over the world’s rim, you find what our sciences cannot locate or name, the substrate, the ocean or matrix or ether which buoys the rest, which gives goodness its power for good, and evil its power for evil, the unified field: our complex and inexplicable caring for each other, and for our life together here. This is given. It is not learned.” ~ Annie Dillard

How do you ride the monsters deeper?


… So let us be marked
not for sorrow. …

but for claiming
what God can do
within the dust,
within the dirt,
within the stuff
of which the world
is made,
and the stars that blaze
in our bones,
and the galaxies that spiral
inside the smudge
we bear. ~ Jan Richardson

Dust rising

The Spirit of God breathes everywhere within you, just as in the beginning, filling light place and dark…green earth and dry…. God’s love grows, fullness upon fullness, where you crumble enough to give what is most dear. Your earth. ~ Joan Sauro, from Whole Earth Meditation

How do you give your dust?

Invaded 2

Some say there is no hope,
but then I’ve always applauded the holy fools
who never seem to give up on
the scandalousness of our faith:
that we are loved by God……
that we can truly love one another.

I no longer pray for peace:
I pray for miracles. ~ Ann Weems

How foolish do you dare to be?