If I spent enough time with the tiniest creature, even a caterpiller, I would never have to prepare a sermon. So full of God is every creature. Meister Eckhart

Saturday, December 31, 2011

AT THE TIME OF THE END

"If they ever take away our radio, suspend our newspaper, silence us, put to death all of us priests-bishop included, and you are left alone-a people without priests-then each of you will have to be God's microphone. Each of you will have to be a messenger, a prophet. The church will always live as long as one baptized person is left alive."

Oscar Romero, quoted in Messengers to the Kingdom by Jon Sobrino S.J.

I begin to understand by Romero scared the bejeesus out of some of the Vatican Curia in the three years he was archbishop of San Salvador. And I wonder how closely Morris West, author of the Clowns of God, followed the persecution of the church in Central America. Because he echoes that message in the novel. When the time comes, the little people, the lay people will have to carry on the work and the sacraments of the church whether they are ordained or not. Imagine how well that went over with old men who had spent their lives climbing the ladders of power.

In the novel the pope believes he has received a vision of the coming end times, the parousia. And the encyclical he is preparing is discovered. The curia could probably take the middle part of the equation. After all the church believes that Christ will complete history at some point. It's the private revelation and the pope's prescription for dealing with the expected chaos. The idea that in a time with no ordained men or women available, the laypeople would have to carry on the mission of the church as best they could went over like the proverbial lead balloon.

Romero's problem was smaller in scope but no less pressing.

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

A CELTIC PRAYER

A CELTIC PRAYER

This is an adaptation of a Celtic prayer I found in the book KNITTING INTO T HE MYSTERY.

May the blessing of light be on you, light without and light within and light inside the darkness within.

May the blessed sunlight shine upon you and warm your heart ‘til it glows, like a great peat fire, so that strangers may come and warm themselves and that friends may come.

And may the light shine out of the eyes of you, like a candle set in the windows of a house, bidding the wanderer to come in out of the storm.

And may the blessing of the rain be on you – the soft, sweet rain.

May it fall upon your spirit so that the seedlings of light in you shadow may spring up, and shed their sweetness on the air.

And may the blessing of the great rains be on you, that they beat upon your spirit and wash it fair and clean, and leave there many a shining pool, and sometimes a star.

And may the blessing for the earth be on you – the great round earth who carries all; the great round earth whose suffering has already become radiant.

May you ever have a kindly greeting for people you pass as you are going along the roads.

And now may the Lord bless you, and bless you kindly, your kin and all creatures.

Blessed be

Sunday, December 04, 2011

THE UNIVERSE IS UNDER CONSTRUCTION

My brothers and sisters, our help is in the name of the eternal God,
who is making the heavens and the earth.

From the New Zealand prayer book.

Some of the folks down under have either been working with Creation Spirituality or there's a strong Celtic influence. The Irish, you see, have no creation myths. For them the universe has always existed. The closest some of the stories come to creation is the idea of shaping. Somehow the universe is being shaped, or brought into new shapes. The closest anyone can come to an answer is that the universe itself is doing the shaping and using itself to make new shapes. I know, it's enough to give you the feeling that the answer is out there. It's just out of reach and everytime you think you've caught it, it slips away.

The last line really struck me when I read it for the first time. The act of Creation isn't finished. The heavens and the earth (earths?) have been made, are being made will be made. Aging stars die, some in spectacular super novas. The blast creating and seeding the space around them with the heavy elements needed to create planets and moon. The shock of the stellar blasts forces gases to surrender to gravity and new stars are born. New universes being born: some assembly required.

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

A WOOLY WORD OF GOD



Every single creature is full of God and is a book about God.

Every creature is a word of God.

If I spent enough time with the tiniest creature-
Even a caterpiller-
I would never have to prepare a sermon. So full of God is every creature.

Meister Eckhart

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

THE CRAB NEBULA



Just an experiment to see how the new template works.

WHOSE GARDEN WAS THIS?

This poor neglected little corner of the blogoverse. Maybe it will get more attention now that I'm working through Original Blessing. But this song performed by John Denver beautifully sums up what is still at stake.

WHOSE GARDEN WAS THIS

Whose garden was this, it must have been lovely.
Did it have flowers?
I've seen pictures of flowers.
And I'd love to have smelled one.

Whose river was this, you say it ran freely.
Blue was its color.
And I've seen blue in some pictures.
And I'd love to have been there.

Tell me again I need to know.
The forest had trees, the meadows were green.
The oceans were blue and birds really flew.
Can you swear that it's true.

Whose grey sky was this?
Or was it a blue one?
You say there were breezes.
I've heard records of breezes.
And I'd love to have felt one.

Tell me again I need to know.
The forest had trees, the meadows were green.
The oceans were blue and birds really flew.
Can you swear that it's true.

Whose garden was this, it must have been lovely.
Did it have flowers?
I've seen pictures of flowers.
And I'd love to have smelled one.

Tell me again I need to know.
Tell me again I need to know.
Tell me again I need to know.
Tell me again I need to know.

Words and music by Tom Paxton. Covered by John Denver about 1970

I don’t really know what to make of these lyrics. But listening John Denver sing this song is enough to break your heart.

Is this a nightmare of now or the far future? God/dess knows we have enough nightmares in our own time. The dates suggest the song is pre EPA era. And here we have a concerted effort to gut the EPA. Supposedly this will create jobs. I’ve even run across comments that take the stand that given a choice between jobs and the environment, the environment comes dead last. And you can’t get through to them. If we destroy the environment the jobs aren’t going to matter very much.

So, what is the world in this song? Is it the remains a jungle in Viet Nam after Agent Orange was dropped on it? The remains of an equatorial rainforest? The spreading of the Sahara? The wrecked neighborhoods in the Bronx and Brooklyn?

Or is this a nightmare out of the finale of Soylant Green or the novel Stand on Zanzibar? A future when flowers, trees, blue skies, free flowing rivers, unspoiled oceans, and even birds are remembered in pictures and folk tale? Something your doddering great grandparents tell stories about? “I’ve seen pictures of flowers. And I’d loved to have smelled one.”

Goddess, may it never come to that.

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

FOURTH MOON DAY 1

VISIONS, FEELING, AND THOUGHTS ARE ALIVE

Native Americans know that everything in life has spirit. All that we see in the tangible world is alive. Those things we cannot see as having form are just as alive as the solid forms of the natural world. Every thought has life force depending upon how much feeling it is connected to with the person. If the person envisions the thought, the mind’s eye also adds life force to that idea by creating a picture or vision

If the thought has deep emotion and imagination connected to it, there is a very good chance that the Dreamer or Visionary will be able to make that thought come to fruition. The secret is using the life force available to bring physical life to the dream or envisioned outcome.

Jamie Sams in Earth Medicine


I'm not sure what I think about this one. This is coming close to the New Agie visualize it and it will happen. I've been to some talks by slightly goof ball speakers at my old job. I never could believe that somebody was getting paid for this. Oops, I did buy the book.

LOOKS FAR WOMAN CLAN MOTHER OF THE FOURTH MOON

Mother, teach me how to see
The shining lights of stars,
The faces of the Ancestors,
In worlds both near and far.

Show me how to welcome
The visions appearing to me,
Seeing the truth in detail,
Unraveling each mystery.

Walk me through the Dreamtime
Of altered time and space,
That I may share my visions
With every creed and race.

Doorkeeper of all dimensions,
I seek your medicine ways
Of how to earth me visions
Seeing, truth inside me, today.

Jamie Sams in Earth Medicine


Looks Far Woman is the Clan Mother of the Fourth Moon Cycle, usually associated with part of the month of April. Since the Clan Mother moons are twenty eight days long the months gradually lose the continuity.Her colors are all the light spring colors. Looks Far Woman fills the role of Seer, Oracle, Dreamer, and Prophet. She is the Mother of visions, dreams what lies within. She helps us to understand dreams and visions. She teaches us to enter the world of our dreams, to journey into those other realms. With this knowledge we have the potential to not only heal ourselves but others.

ACCEPTANCE

The balance and acceptance
Of all parts of the whole,
Come when we can honor
The lessons in every role.

The shadow reflects the lessons
Of every denial we hold
The mind can thwart or assist,
Choosing to encourage or scold.

The body reacts to all thoughts,
Whether they hinder or aid’
Freewill determines the outcome,
As we choose to love or degrade.

The spirit watches in silence,
Nurturing the Eternal Flame,
Counting the losses and victories
Of the “Will versus Shadow game.”

The playing field of Mother Earth,
With the worlds of spirit unseen,
Affords a multitude of choices,
Lessons for every human being.

Wholeness to each if different,
Finding balance without denying,
That peace comes from acceptance,
From truth instead of lying

Jamie Sams in Earth Medicine

INVOKING THE INFINITE

Weighs the Truth watched as some of her human children gathered to conduct a ceremony. The Circle was formed, and the speaker called out an invocation to the Great Mystery. These human beings were learning one of her greatest lessons, self determination. She had not asked her children to return thanks, they had chosen to do this because their hearts were full

One by one those in the Circle expressed their gratitude for the lessons they were learning. Little did they know that they were asking the Infinite to join them. The love of the Great Mystery walked among them. There is an eternal grace and inner peace that come when we take on responsibilities for the well being of all life. As the Infinite walked among them, their faces lit from within. When our spirits and our humanity are balanced this is reflected by our natural responses.

Weighs the Truth was happy, she saw that her children were learning to balance the shadow side of ego with the spirit side of determination. When we do this we also become guardians of the Great Mystery’s /creation.

Jamie Sams in Earth Medicine

THE STRENGTH OF THE SHADOW

Rotten behavior, like rot in an apple’s core, spreads otward devouring every piece of innocence, positive creativity, and kindness in its path.

Does our shadow side have strength? Usually the answer is yes and it has as much strength as we can give it. When people lose sight of their positive, honest intent, and opt to feed the shadow that stalks the crooked trail, they have much healing to do before they can come back into balance.

The shadow side of human nature contains many types of rotten behavior. Sometimes this is directed towards others. Sometimes it turns in on itself, feeding on self destruction. In all cases, the shadow is allowed to experience all the joys it has robbed from the non shadow self. We feel helpless and hopeless. No matter how hard we try we can’t seem to stop hurting others, often the friends and family closest to us.

Adapted from Jamie Sams Earth Medicine.

Sunday, March 27, 2011

INVOKING THE INFINITE

Weighs the Truth watched as some of her human children gathered to conduct a ceremony. The Circle was formed, and the speaker called out an invocation to the Great Mystery. These human beings were learning one of her greatest lessons, self determination. She had not asked her children to return thanks, they had chosen to do this because their hearts were full

One by one those in the Circle expressed their gratitude for the lessons they were learning. Little did they know that they were asking the Infinite to join them. The love of the Great Mystery walked among them. There is an eternal grace and inner peace that come when we take on responsibilities for the well being of all life. As the Infinite walked among them, their faces lit from within. When our spirits and our humanity are balanced this is reflected by our natural responses.

Weighs the Truth was happy, she saw that her children were learning to balance the shadow side of ego with the spirit side of determination. When we do this we also become guardians of the Great Mystery’s /creation.

Inspired by Jamie Sams in Earth Medicine

THE STRENGTH OF THE SHADOW

Rotten behavior, like rot in an apple’s core, spreads otward devouring every piece of innocence, positive creativity, and kindness in its path.

Does our shadow side have strength? Usually the answer is yes and it has as much strength as we can give it. When people lose sight of their positive, honest intent, and opt to feed the shadow that stalks the crooked trail, they have much healing to do before they can come back into balance.

The shadow side of human nature contains many types of rotten behavior. Sometimes this is directed towards others. Sometimes it turns in on itself, feeding on self destruction. In all cases, the shadow is allowed to experience all the joys it has robbed from the non shadow self. We feel helpless and hopeless. No matter how hard we try we can’t seem to stop hurting others, often the friends and family closest to us.

Adapted from Jamie Sams Earth Medicine.