Author Archives: Mary Ann

Blessed

Blessed are we who believe God so loved the world, he sent his only son to remind us that the whole human family is beloved of God.

Blessed are we who believe God’s holy Spirit dwells in each of us, that we share a spark of the divine in our being.

Blessed are we who believe we have been empowered to be God’s eyes, hands, and hearts to love and serve our neighbors.

“Blessed are you who believed that what was spoken to you by the Lord would be fulfilled.” Luke 1:45

With thanksgiving

I place my anxieties into God’s hands today. I will not be afraid for God hears me and responds with love and compassion.

Thank you, Lord, for the gift of your presence.

Have no anxiety at all, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, make your requests known to God.
Philippians 4:6

Prepare the Way

John the Baptist Preaching

And this is my prayer: that your love may increase ever more and more in knowledge and every kind of perception, to discern what is of value. Philippians 1:9

To prepare the Way of the Lord, I deliberately practice the qualities love wherever I find myself.

Patience. Kindness. Forbearance. Trust. Hope. Reverence. Humility. Gratitude. Compassion.

Today I will choose to love.

Daughters and sons of love and goodness

Kahlil Gibran (1883-1931)
Sketch for “Jesus the Son of Man”, 1923
graphite and watercolor on paper
Metropolitan Museum of Art

As members of the human family, we are interconnected, entwined with the One who made us in love and for love.

Made in God’s image of love and goodness, we are called to take on the nature of God, called to be love and goodness in the world, called to “live in Love’s energy and to love goodness.”

Today I will practice love by looking for goodness in everyone I meet.

May the Lord make you increase and abound in love for one another and for all. 1 Thessalonians 3:12a

Love’s witness

Love heals. Love reconciles. Love unifies.

Love teaches me patience, kindness, forbearance, acceptance, hope, trust.

Today I will live in love’s energy so that I too may be a faithful witness.

Jesus Christ is the faithful witness, the firstborn of the dead and ruler of the kings of the earth. Revelation 1:5

A time of distress

James Moriarty
Fig Tree in Spring, 2005

Everyone I talk to has something difficult to bear: the death of someone dear to them, grave illness in the family, loss of income, oppressive work conditions, the lessening of physical abilities, coping with addiction.

Add to that rampant anti-Semitism, racism, prejudice, selfishness, greed, and indifference to the poor, homeless, refugees, and immigrants—and the world seems unsafe, unloving, and ready to implode.

It is a time of terrible grief where anger, blame, and depression dominate.

Today I will be a part of God’s vision of love and compassion. I will offer comfort and kindness to everyone I meet because I know we are all grieving something.

I set the LORD ever before me; with him at my right hand I shall not be disturbed. Psalm 16:8

Give it all

Common or Corn Poppy

Sometimes it seems that what I have to offer God and my neighbor is woefully inadequate, but I cannot compare my offering to that of others. Each day I must do my best to give all that I have to those in need—energy, love, kindness, compassion, listening, encouragement, and especially my presence.

Calling his disciples to himself, [Jesus] said to them, “Amen, I say to you, this poor widow put in more than all the other contributors to the treasury. For they have all contributed from their surplus wealth, but she, from her poverty, has contributed all she had, her whole livelihood.” Mark 12:43-44