winter

Faith is only found when needed

Faith is only found when needed,
only real when used.
Until then it is a seed
waiting to burst forth into
living hope.

~ Judith A. Hartley

Our spiritual food

...Consider this then: That there is a level of truth, vitally important to human beings, which lies beyond the explainable, demonstrable natural world. In fact, this truth is often more important and sustaining to human beings because it is an eternal truth, not changeable, never at the mercy of different historical theories, or the whims of the scientist, or the observer of heavenly bodies. This truth, in a sense, is our spiritual food.

~ from THE MESSIAH STONES by Irving Benig
The Messiah Stones
By Irving Benig

Take the first step in faith

Take the first step in faith, you don't have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step.

~ Martin Luther King, Jr.

The great truth

The small truth has words that are clear; the great truth has great silence.
~ Rabindranath Tagore
Rabindranath Tagore: An Anthology
By Rabindranath Tagore

The function of fatih

The function of faith is not to reduce mystery to rational clarity, but to integrate the unknown and the known together in a living whole, in which we are more and more able to transcend the limitations of our external self.

~ from NEW SEEDS OF CONTEMPLATION by Thomas Merton
New Seeds of Contemplation
By Thomas Merton

A listening heart

A listening heart is always open, sensitive to the joy and pain of others, offering a space within itself for the other to enter. It gives each person what is so badly needed—an affirmation of their place in this world.

~ Eliezer Shore

Capacity for hearing

The discipline of silence was leading me not only to a keener attention to language but to an improved capacity for hearing. On silent Mondays, I began to listen differently—to myself, to others, and to the world around me. It was a listening I would call both active and without an agenda...I began to observe that when there was no expectation for me to respond, acknowledge, analyze...I listened differently. My ego relaxed... In silence I was hearing others more keenly and witnessing my own thoughts, too, and seeing how they served to separate or to connect me. I was learning not to turn away from the parts of myself that were difficult.

~ from LISTENING BELOW THE NOISE by Anne D. LeClaire

how strange this silence would seem

how strange this silence would seem
without these crickets
here to explain

~ William Michaelian, in Akitsu Quarterly, Summer, 2015
Winter Poems
By William Michaelian

To what am I deaf here?

Monks take a vow of obedience...It means a loving listening: listening to the Word of God that comes to us moment by moment, listening to the message of the angel that comes to us hour by hour. The very word obedience means an intensive listening. The opposite of that obedience is absurdity, which means being deaf to life's challenges and meaning. We have the choice in our life between living with this loving listening or finding everything absurd...So the next time you say, "This is absurd," you might consider the more helpful question, "To what am I deaf here?"

~ from THE MUSIC OF SILENCE by David Steindl-Rast, O. S. B.
Music of Silence: A Sacred Journey through the Hours of the Day
By Ph.D. Brother David Steindl-Rast, Sharon Lebell

No one listens

No one listens, they tell me, and so I listen...
and I tell them what they have just told me,
and I sit in silence listening to them,
letting them grieve.

~ Julian of Norwich
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