Wednesday, May 25, 2016


"There must be a time when the man of prayer
 goes to pray as if it were the first time 
in his life he had every prayed."  Thomas Merton

Grey mist
rises and falls
enfolding parched hills
easing autumn’s harsh pain
saturating the spreading valley
with gathering rain

and mercy.

(1 Oct. 2012)

Saturday, May 21, 2016

The One Thing

“Happiness consists in finding out precisely what the ‘one thing necessary’ may be, in our lives, and in gladly relinquishing all the rest. For then, by a divine paradox, we find that everything else is given us together with the one thing we needed.”  Thomas Merton

on spring grass, on leaves
bending as two mourning doves moan,
beat wide their wings and brush back the sky; falling low to
dark earth, gladly would I give it
all for a moment
in the glow
of your

(9 April 2013)

Sunday, May 15, 2016

Out of the Silence

“Out of the silence, Light is spoken.” Thomas Merton

I walk
into the morning.

in the dark,

unseen breeze
strokes my 
arms, my bare neck,

as egrets
over the edge
of the meadow

as the Holy Spirit
in tones
of morning light.

(17 July 2012)

Thursday, May 12, 2016

The Humble Man Prays

“A man who is truly humble cannot despair, because in the humble man there is no longer any such thing as self-pity.” Thomas Merton

I am like this window

streaked with rain,

obscured by
blowing dust,
yet holding firm
against the wind.

I know
that some fine, clear day
you’ll open
the door,
wipe my sins away
and clean at last
I’ll dissolve
into your holy face.

(10 Nov. 2012)

Monday, May 9, 2016


“What we are asked to do is to love, and this love itself will render both ourselves and our neighbors worthy.”  Thomas Merton


deep in this cathedral
love resounds

through the bright air
of paradise
love rebounds
playful, full of

Oh, hear the organ’s
profundo ring
as love pierces
your living heart

as, prostrate,
love breaks open
your breathless soul.

(18 November 2013 on the ordination of my brother)

Saturday, May 7, 2016

May Rain

Let the one who thirsts come forward.” Rev, 22.

gentle rain
glistens on gray concrete
and makes pools
of shimmering silver,
clean and new.

the rose reaches
to the grey sky
asking only for drops
of life.

the green earth asks
and receives.

(7 May 2016)