Friday, December 30, 2011


RIC_9720-1 by rchoephoto
RIC_9720-1, a photo by rchoephoto on Flickr. 

The meeting of two personalities
is like the contact of
two chemical substances:
if there is any reaction, both
are transformed.

C. G. Jung

Thursday, December 29, 2011

Wednesday, December 28, 2011


RIC_9702_edited-1 by rchoephoto
RIC_9702_edited-1, a photo by rchoephoto on Flickr.

   In and of itself, nothing really matters.
     What matters is that nothing is ever “in and of itself.”

    Chuck Klosterman, Sex, Drugs, and Cocoa Puffs*

Tuesday, December 27, 2011


RIC_9660_edited-1 by rchoephoto
RIC_9660_edited-1, a photo by rchoephoto on Flickr.

Most miracles, like everything else,
are firmly rooted in who we are.

Iris Sangiuliano, In Her Time

Monday, December 26, 2011


RIC_9753-1 by rchoephoto
RIC_9753-1, a photo by rchoephoto on Flickr.

Never say there is nothing beautiful in
the world anymore. There is always
something to make you wonder in the
shape of a tree, the trembling of a leaf. 

Albert Schweitzer

Saturday, December 24, 2011


RC1_0088 by rchoephoto
RC1_0088, a photo by rchoephoto on Flickr.

An icon is designed to be not a beautiful
work of art, but a window into divine
mysteries. It points beyond itself.

M. Craig Barnes, The Pastor As Minor Poet: Texts and
Subtexts in the Ministerial Life

Friday, December 23, 2011

Dare to be oneself

RIC_9757-1 by rchoephoto
RIC_9757-1, a photo by rchoephoto on Flickr.

We have to dare to be be ourselves,
however frightening or strange
that self may prove to be.

May Sarton

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Wednesday, December 21, 2011


RIC_9742-2 by rchoephoto
RIC_9742-2, a photo by rchoephoto on Flickr.

   The image is not an idea. It is a radiant
     node or cluster, it is what I can, and
     must perforce, call a vortex, from
     which and through which and into
     which ideas are constantly rushing.

    Ezra Pound, Gaudier Brezeska: A Memoir

Tuesday, December 20, 2011


RIC_9657_edited-1 by rchoephoto
RIC_9657_edited-1, a photo by rchoephoto on Flickr.

To fear is one thing.  To let fear grab you by the tail and swing you around is another.

Katherine Paterson

Sunday, December 18, 2011


RCC_6780 by rchoephoto
RCC_6780, a photo by rchoephoto on Flickr.

What I want in my life is compassion,
a flow between myself and others based
on a mutual giving from the heart.

Marshall B. Rosenberg, Nonviolent Communication: A Language of Life

Saturday, December 17, 2011

Friday, December 16, 2011

Question to ponder

RC1_4007 by rchoephoto
RC1_4007, a photo by rchoephoto on Flickr.

What can we gain by sailing to the moon
if we are not able to cross the abyss that separates us from ourselves?

Thomas Merton, The wisdom of the Desert


Thursday, December 15, 2011

Making peace with our shadow

RIC_1954 by rchoephoto
RIC_1954, a photo by rchoephoto on Flickr.

   Making peace with our shadow and befriending it are
     fundamental to authentic self-esteem.

    John Monbourquette, How to Befriend Your Shadow: Welcoming Your Unloved Side


RCC_8256 by rchoephoto
RCC_8256, a photo by rchoephoto on Flickr.

You can never get enough of what you don’t really want.

Eric Hoffer

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Tuesday, December 13, 2011


RIC_9639_edited-1 by rchoephoto
RIC_9639-1, a photo by rchoephoto on Flickr.

   The God who is present to us is present
     to others as well. The God who guides
     us guides others also; the God who
     cares for us cares also for others. The
     whole world is touched by God,
     and therefore the world can mediate
     God’s presence to us. 

    Marjorie Suchocki,
    God, Christ, Church: A Practical Guide to Process

Monday, December 12, 2011


RCC_6619 by rchoephoto
RCC_6619, a photo by rchoephoto on Flickr.

A gift that cannot be given away ceases to be a gift.

Lewis Hyde, The Gift: Creativity and the Artist in the Modern World

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Looking Inward

RIC_2148 by rchoephoto
RIC_2148, a photo by rchoephoto on Flickr.

   We have been to the moon, we have charted the depths of
     the ocean and the heart of the atom, but we have a fear of
     looking inward to ourselves because we sense that is where
     all the contradictions flow together.

    Terrence Mckenna

Friday, December 9, 2011


RIC_9404-1 by rchoephoto
RIC_9404-1, a photo by rchoephoto on Flickr.

   To deny imperfection is to disown
     oneself, for to be human is to be

    Ernest Kurtz and  Katherine Ketcham,
    The Spirituality of Imperfection

Thursday, December 8, 2011


RCC_9822 by rchoephoto
RCC_9822, a photo by rchoephoto on Flickr

I could live my life believing there are no miracles, no magic
and no deeper meaning; or I could believe that the
impossible is possible, that the heart can love in all
circumstances, that hope is infinite, promises are forever.

Leanne O'Neil

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Greatest Obstacle

RIC_2127 by rchoephoto
RIC_2127, a photo by rchoephoto on Flickr.

The greatest obstacle is simply this: the conviction that we
  cannot change because we are dependent upon what is
  wrong. But that is the addicts’ excuses, and we know that it
  will not do.

Wendell Berry

Monday, December 5, 2011

Peaceful Revolution

RIC_9580-1 by rchoephoto
RIC_9580-1, a photo by rchoephoto on Flickr.

   Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make
     violent revolution inevitable. 

    John F. Kennedy

Saturday, December 3, 2011


RIC_0199 by rchoephoto
RIC_0199, a photo by rchoephoto on Flickr. 

     Everything terrifying is, in its deepest being, something
     helpless that wants our help.

    Maria Rilke

Friday, December 2, 2011

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

The light, not the lamp

RCC_9556 by rchoephoto
RCC_9556, a photo by rchoephoto on Flickr.

     Worship the light, not the lamp.
     The lamps are different, the light is the same.
     It comes from the Beyond.


Monday, November 28, 2011

Your Identity

RCC_6803 by rchoephoto
RCC_6803, a photo by rchoephoto on Flickr.

Your identity is not equivalent to your biography. There is a
place in you where you have never been wounded, where
there’s a seamlessness in you, and where there is a
confidence and tranquility. 

John O’Donohue

Friday, November 25, 2011

Story Telling

RIC_9581-1 by rchoephoto
RIC_9581-1, a photo by rchoephoto on Flickr.

   A story must be told in such a way it constitutes help in
     itself. My grandfather was lame. Once they asked him to
     tell a story about his teacher. And he related how his
     teacher used to hop and dance while he prayed. My
     grandfather rose as he spoke, and he was so swept away by
     his story that he began to hop and dance to show how the
     master had done. From that hour, he was cured of his
     lameness. That’s how to tell a story.

    Martin Büber

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Tuesday, November 22, 2011


RIC_9499-1 by rchoephoto
RIC_9499-1, a photo by rchoephoto on Flickr.

  Wisdom is knowledge plus:
  knowledge – and the knowledge of its own limits.

Victor E. Frankl

Monday, November 21, 2011

Sunday, November 20, 2011


RIC_9595-1 by rchoephoto
RIC_9595-1, a photo by rchoephoto on Flickr.

We often need to tell our stories over and over, not
because we are forgetful or compulsive, but because their
meaning is too great to be digested in any one telling.
So we recount them, again and again, till we can absorb
their meaning and learn to love each other on the way.

Mark Nepo, As Far As the Heart Can See


Saturday, November 19, 2011

Inclusion with Justice

RIC_9501-1 by rchoephoto
RIC_9501-1, a photo by rchoephoto on Flickr.

     To be “included” is not the same as
   “being fully welcomed” or as being
   “equally treated and respected.”

    Fernando A. Cascante, Journal of Race, Ethnicity and
    Religion Vol. 1, 2010, A Decade of Racial/Ethnic
    Diversity in Theological Education: The Continuous
    Challenge of Inclusion with Justice