A Hymn to God t…

John Donne, by Isaac Oliver (died 1622). See s...

John Donne, by Isaac Oliver (died 1622). National Portrait Gallery, London  (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

A Hymn to God the Father

Wilt thou forgive that sin where I begun,
Which was my sin, though it were done before?
Wilt thou forgive that sin, through which I run,
And do run still, though still I do deplore?
When thou hast done, thou hast not done,
For I have more.

Wilt thou forgive that sin which I have won
Others to sin, and made my sin their door?
Wilt thou forgive that sin which I did shun
A year or two, but wallow’d in, a score?
When thou hast done, thou hast not done,
For I have more.

I have a sin of fear, that when I have spun
My last thread, I shall perish on the shore;
But swear by thyself, that at my death thy Son
Shall shine as he shines now, and heretofore;
And, having done that, thou hast done;
I fear no more.

by John Donne, the English poet, satirist, lawyer and priest


Living the Mome…

Living the Moment to the Fullest

“Patience is a hard discipline. It is not just waiting until something happens over which we have no control: the arrival of the bus, the end of the rain, the return of a friend, the resolution of a conflict. Patience is not a waiting passivity until someone else does something. Patience asks us to live the moment to the fullest, to be completely present to the moment, to taste the here and now, to be where we are. When we are impatient we try to get away from where we are. We behave as if the real thing will happen tomorrow, later and somewhere else. Let’s be patient and trust that the treasure we look for is hidden in the ground on which we stand.”
– Henri Nouwen, Dutch Catholic priest, 1932-1996


Patience (Photo credit: AngSocialMed)



A sacred healing space for broken
pilgrims from Asia
rises on a
stretch of virgin land in Monte Maria
– land of the Filipina –
Thousands come together
To hear the preacher-healer
A humble priest from the area.
He touches and a spell
Comes upon them; I fell
As soon as I saw him before me
In a makeshift marquee:
We then stood in awe and glee.

Uplifted spiritually
I ask the Lady of Monte Maria to pray for me.

© Millicent Danker
19 August 2012 / 22 May 2013


journey on 24 March 2010 - day 83

(Photo credit: Leonard John Matthews)

“In many ways, you want to set your own agenda. You act as if you have to choose among many things, which all seem equally important. But you have not fully surrendered yourself to God’s guidance. You keep fighting with God over who is in control. Try to give your agenda to God. Keep saying ‘your will be done, not mine.’ Give every part of your heart and your time to God and let God tell you what to do, where to go, when and how to respond. God does not want you to destroy yourself. Exhaustion, burnout and depression are not signs that you are doing God’s will. God is gentle and loving. God desires to give you a deep sense of safety in God’s love. Once you have allowed yourself to experience that love fully, you will be better able to discern who you are being sent to in God’s name. It is not easy to give your agenda to God. But the more you do so, the more ‘clock time’ becomes ‘God’s time’ and God’s time is always the fullness of time.” – Henri Nouwen [1932-1996], The Inner Voice of Love.