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This is the final post for Value of Sparrows. Thank you for all your warmth, support, and enthusiasm. With all my love, [...]


My writing

  • No Picture
    From Living Prayer A doll of salt, after a long pilgrimage on dry land, came to the sea and discovered something she had never seen and could not possibly understand.  She stood on the firm ground, a solid little doll of salt, and saw there was another ground that was mobile, insecure, noisy, strange and unknown.  She asked the sea, “But what are you?” and it said, “I am the sea.”  And the doll said, “What is the sea?” to which the answer was, “It [...]


Thomas Merton poetry

  • Song, by Thomas Merton
    When rain, (sings light) rain has devoured my house And wind wades through my trees, The cedars fawn upon the storm with their huge paws. Silence is louder than a cyclone In the rude door, my shelter. And there I eat my air alone With pure and solitary songs While others sit in conference. Their windows grieve, and soon frown And glass begins to wrinkle with a multitude of water Till I no longer see their speech And they no longer know my [...]

Evelyn Underhill

    From The Fruits of the Spirit (Letter to the Prayer Group, Eastertide, 1941) I am writing to you at the moment in the Christian year when, as it were, we pause and look back on the richest cluster of such spiritual facts ever revealed to man.  Paschal Time, to give its old name to the interval between Easter and Ascension, marks the end of the historical manifestation of the Word Incarnate, and the beginning of His hidden life within the church.  But the quality of that hidden life, in [...]


  • First Vision—On The Oright Of Life (2) by Hildegard of Bingen
    From: Hildegard of Bingen’s Book of Divine Works, With Letters and Songs I, the highest and fiery power, have kindled every spark of life, and I emit nothing that is deadly.  I decide on all reality.  With my lofty wings I fly above the globe: With wisdom I have rightly put the universe in order.  I, the fiery life of divine essence, am aflame beyond the beauty of the meadows, I gleam in the waters, and I burn in the sun, moon, and stars.  With every breeze, as with invisible life that [...]