Bald eagles

On retreat last week, we watched three bald eagles with their amazing wingspan soaring, gliding and reigning supreme – a mother and her two young ones, their heads still brown.

Soaring like eagles

Gliding above earth and sky

Vision far beyond

How do you capture beauty?

Joy unspeakable

Joy unspeakable

is not silent

it moans, hums, and bends

to the rhythm of a dancing universe.

It is a fractal of transcendent hope,

a hologram of God’s heart

a black hole of unknowing. ~ Barbara A. Holmes

What is joy unspeakable for you?


The poppies send up their
orange flares; swaying
in the wind, …

…that light
is an invitation
to happiness,
and that happiness,

when it’s done right,
is a kind of holiness,
palpable and redemptive.
Inside the bright fields… ~ Mary Oliver

How are you receiving this invitation?

A song rises

Out of the heart

The song rises,

The mind searching

For notes

To capture

its flight. ~ Murray Bodo O.F.M.

What song rises within you?


My work is loving the world,

here are the sunflowers, there the hummingbird —

equal seekers of sweetness.

Here are the quickening yeast; there the blue plums.

Here the clam deep in the speckled sand. ~ Mary Oliver

How do you learn to be astonished?