Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Letting Go

Wall Mural 1a by rchoephoto
Wall Mural 1a, a photo by rchoephoto on Flickr.

We hold on so tightly that
our hands are unavailable to reach out
for the happiness we could gain by letting go.

M. J. Ryan

Monday, October 29, 2012

I am a Sun.

Fly & Dance 2 by rchoephoto
Fly & Dance 2, a photo by rchoephoto on Flickr.

     You may think
     I am a shadow,
     But inside
     I am a sun.

        Damia Gates, Grade 4
        Elizabeth Roberts & Elias Amidon, eds., Prayers for a Thousand Years

Sunday, October 28, 2012

Place in Time

Autumn leaves (10.24, '12) by rchoephoto
Autumn leaves (10.24, '12), a photo by rchoephoto on Flickr.

On the same spot I sit today
Others came, in ages past to sit.
One thousand years, still others will come.
Who is the singer, and who is the listener?

Nguyen Cong Tru

Saturday, October 27, 2012


Blue & Yellow by rchoephoto
Blue & Yellow, a photo by rchoephoto on Flickr.

     A place will express itself through the human being
     just as it does through its wild flowers.

        Lawrence Durrell

Friday, October 26, 2012


RIC_9434-1 by rchoephoto
RIC_9434-1, a photo by rchoephoto on Flickr.

Be bold in doing justice,
be generous in loving tenderly and
be prayerful in walking humbly with God

Ted Dodd,
Courage to Love: Liturgies for the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Community,
compiled by Geoffrey Duncan

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Opening Yourself

Camp Fire by rchoephoto
Camp Fire, a photo by rchoephoto on Flickr.

      Absence disembodies
     so does Death
     hiding individuals from the Earth.

        Emily Dickinson

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Beginning in Possibility

Clouds87, Cedar Point by rchoephoto
Clouds87, Cedar Point, a photo by rchoephoto on Flickr.

     In the beginning was the dream. In the eternal night where
     no dawn broke, the dream deepened. Everything had its beginning
     in possibility.

        John O'Donohue, Eternal Echoes: Celtic Reflections On Our Yearning to Belong

Monday, October 22, 2012

Real Journey in Life

By the Light House 7 by rchoephoto
By the Light House 7, a photo by rchoephoto on Flickr.

Our real journey in life is interior;
it is a matter of growth, deepening,
and of an ever greater surrender
to the creative action of love
and grace in our hearts.

Thomas Merton, The Asian Journal

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Be Still

Cedar Point by rchoephoto
Cedar Point, a photo by rchoephoto on Flickr.

     In the rush and noise of life,
     as you have intervals,
     step within yourself and be still.

        William Penn

Saturday, October 20, 2012

Friday, October 19, 2012


Raga Concert 10 by rchoephoto
Raga Concert 10, a photo by rchoephoto on Flickr.

     The most profound pilgrimages are made by those

     with homes which they have voluntarily left and to
     which they can return. 

        Bonnie Thurston

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

See the history of the Other

Table for two by rchoephoto
Table for two, a photo by rchoephoto on Flickr.

     Unless you actually saw the history of the other,
     no matter what your perspective is, you couldn't
     really understand where we are (and) how we got

        Sandy Tolan, author of The Lemon Tree

Tuesday, October 16, 2012


RIC_8136-1 by rchoephoto
RIC_8136-1, a photo by rchoephoto on Flickr.

May you never
feel alone or
lose sight of the
sacred seasons of your soul.

Paula Timpson, Let Your Soul Create a Sanctuary

Monday, October 15, 2012


HVUC 14 by rchoephoto
HVUC 14, a photo by rchoephoto on Flickr.

     The great metaphors from all spiritual traditions – 
     grace, liberation, being born again, awakening from
     illusion – testify that it is possible to transcend the
     conditioning of my past and do a new thing. 

        Sam Keen

Sunday, October 14, 2012

Genuine Presence

"Nella Fantasia 3," reproduction of the original Chiapas Mural by rchoephoto
"Nella Fantasia 3," reproduction of the original Chiapas Mural, a photo by rchoephoto on Flickr.

People who shut their eyes to reality simply invite
their own destruction, and anyone who insists on remaining in a state of innocence long after that innocence is dead turns himself into a monster. 

James Baldwin

Friday, October 12, 2012


Sky's the limit. by rchoephoto
Sky's the limit., a photo by rchoephoto on Flickr.

To pray is to take notice of wonder, to regain a sense of the mystery that animates all beings, the divine margin in all our attainments.

Abraham Joshua Heschel

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Wednesday, October 10, 2012


Stone 1 by rchoephoto
Stone 1, a photo by rchoephoto on Flickr.

To honour and accept one's own shadow is a profound spiritual discipline. 

Robert Johnson

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Monday, October 8, 2012

Sunday, October 7, 2012

Agent of Hope

Offering Plate, Christian Island by rchoephoto
Offering Plate, Christian Island, a photo by rchoephoto on Flickr.

     Perhaps faith is only created in the doing, happiness
     in the giving, and meaning in the courage to take
     risks for the sake of an ideal. All I know is that the
     greatest achievement in life is to have been, for one
     other person, even for one moment, an agent of

        Jonathan Sacks, To Heal a Fractured World

Saturday, October 6, 2012


HVUC 19 by rchoephoto
HVUC 19, a photo by rchoephoto on Flickr.

Creativity is God's gift to us.
Using our creativity is our gift back to God.

Julia Cameron

Friday, October 5, 2012

Remembering & Celebrating

Window frames, KRUC by rchoephoto
Window frames, KRUC, a photo by rchoephoto on Flickr.

     In the desert of the heart
     Let the healing fountain start,
     In the prison of his days
     Teach the free man how to praise.

        W. H. Auden, In Memory of W. B. Yeats

Thursday, October 4, 2012


Blue Light. by rchoephoto
Blue Light., a photo by rchoephoto on Flickr.

Those who are willing to be vulnerable
move among mysteries.

Theodore Roethke

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Love in this life

Stained Glass Window, FAUC 1 by rchoephoto
Stained Glass Window, FAUC 1, a photo by rchoephoto on Flickr.

     Most individuals have found God most clearly in
     and through others. The love of others is the love
     of God experienced in this life.

        Wendy Wright

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Monday, October 1, 2012

A goodbye

RIC_0040 by rchoephoto

RIC_0040, a photo by rchoephoto on Flickr.

I have also learned that a goodbye is an opportunity for kindness, for forgiveness, for intimacy, and ultimately for love and a deepening acceptance of life as it is instead of what it was or what we may have wanted it to be. Goodbyes can be poignant, sorrowful, sometimes a relief, and, now and then, an occasion for joy. They are always transition moments that, when embraced, can be the door to a new life both for ourselves and for others.

Roger Housden, Ten Poems to Say Goodbye