September 19, 2012
It’s been too long since I posted!
Anyway, today (in my supplemental office readings) I read a poem (couldn’t figure out the author, but it’s from Celtic Daily Prayer) part of which goes like this:
Help me to find my happiness
in my acceptance
of what is Your purpose for me …
in the awareness
of Your presence in my spirit.
Then I came across this (from the Tao Te Ching as quoted in Chittister’s The Rule of Benedict):
Be content with what you have;
rejoice in the way things are,
When you realize there is nothing lacking
the whole world belongs to you.
I’m still wrestling with retirement.
I’m doing a lot of (more…)
February 10, 2012
Maybe, finally, I’m beginning to understand the biblical idea of perfection! (more…)
August 6, 2011
This is so counter cultural that I simply couldn’t resist. It comes from Joan Chittister’s The Rule of Benedict: A Spirituality for the 21st Century:
Rabbi Mordecai said, “If a single coin is left over in my house at bedtime, I cannot fall asleep. But if totally penniless, I sleep soundly, knowing that when the moment comes to awaken, I must immediately look to the Lord for aid.” And the rabbi of Porissover taught, “If a person is poor and meek, it is easy for that one to be joyful, inasmuch as there is nothing to guard against losing.”
… We live in a culture that sees having things as the measure of our success. We strive for a life that sees eliminating things as a measure of internal wealth. Enough-ness is a value long dead in Western society.