Here is what Fr. Ken told me yesterday about trying to be in the presence of Jesus all day. “It is not so much a matter of willing it every moment, but rather spending more time with God, which will gradually form you.” I thought the way eating food gives us strength without us thinking about it when we are not eating. Fr. Ken said it was more a matter of surrender than of thinking and willing. More a flow, like with those we love where our conversation flows.
Jim Ridley’s Soul
Day and night
you swim through
myriads of images.
At the hour of Mass
light of Christ
“To the still point
of the turning world.”
I have a plan to write a new book along these lines:
9 Toes in Eternity
Images of Grace
(especially for those over 65 years old)
Assembled by Ronda Chervin
Illustrated by Diana Chervin Jump
Diana makes wonderful cartoon figure cats and birds, etc.
This would be a kind of coffee-table book for the elderly
with these one-liners to meditate on one a day.
Some of these samples you are already familiar with from my blog.
But you, my dear readers, could just send me anything you like along the lines of edifying, sometimes humorous, one-liners, either of your own composition or quotes from others. They can be from the saints, but I am not putting in Scriptures because my readers would be reading Scripture as part of their daily prayer-life anyhow.
If you come up with any, e-mail them to me at firstname.lastname@example.org putting after each one “__________________________” from Joe Jones, or from Shakespeare, or, from the Holy Spirit.
When you lose family members who moved away from your location or from the earth, you come to realize that the absence of annoyance is not joy! (Ronda Chervin)
Fly low, fly slow. (Al Hughes)
“Even a blind squirrel sometimes finds an acorn.” (Dan Looper)
“If you can’t say something kind, don’t say anything.” (Pat Looper)
“Thou shalt love thy crooked neighbor with thy crooked heart.” (Auden)
“Be in the present in the Presence.” (Anon)