Entries by Mary Jackle

Daily Meditation for October 18, 2019

“Anyone can be happy when they get what they want; the challenge is to stay grateful and peaceful even when the world around you feels crazy and dangerous and horrible.” This observation is from Elizabeth Gilbert, author of the book and film Eat, Pray, Love. It is the story of a young woman whose life […]

Daily Meditation for October 17, 2019

Today, as every day, is a day full of pain and promise. Pain seems to be part of our everyday experience. Family members or friends dealing with sickness, loss or any type of pain seem to surround us. Dealing with our own personal issues is challenging. Newspapers and social media convey so much pain. It […]

Daily Meditation for October 15, 2019

Biologists insist that deciduous trees do not die in the fall when their leaves fall off. The nature of these trees is to sluff off mature leaves and let the fall and winter winds clear the dead branches. After a season of growth, fruit bearing and beautiful exit colors, the trees prepare to give up […]

Daily Meditation for October 14, 2019

It isn’t a job…HOSPITALITY is a ministry, one where we make room for every and any person we meet. One never knows that we might be standing toe-to-toe with an angel in disguise! Offering one’s deepest gesture of gracious welcome, one’s eye contact, a warm handshake and/or embrace, a soothing voice and genuine spirit of […]

Daily Meditation for October 11, 2019

“Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower” (Albert Camus). Autumn and spring seem to be opposites, both seasons that bring their own beauty, but distinct from one another. The quote by Camus invites us to begin thinking about these seasons in a new way and, maybe, to look for a deeper […]

Daily Meditation for October 10, 2019

In identifying a primary influence in their lives, a good number of young adults named a grandparent. In this relationship, they could match personal values against a faithful witness. Experiences of the elder were a valuable guide for the young to consider their options and weigh consequences in decision making. Besides parents, teachers, coaches and […]

Daily Meditation for October 9, 2019

Are you enjoying your life? For many of us, the pace of life is so swift that all we can do each day is try to keep going, doing our jobs, being responsible and productive, and attending to our many relationships and opportunities. We don’t take time to consider whether we’re enjoying it or not. However, it is good […]

Daily Meditation for October 8, 2019

Some among us literally suffocate from too much stuff, too many distractions, overload on noise, ceaseless activity. We become overwhelmed, distraught, yes, suffocated! Why do we consume so much, buy so much, go so much? Where is our soul? Huge attractive orange storage buildings await our “extra” knick-knacks, furniture, bicycles, toys that we may need—we […]

Daily Meditation for October 7, 2019

The month of October is called Respect Life month. The following are some quotes from famous people regarding the gift of life: “Where there is love, there is life.” Mahatma Gandi   “You can’t do anything about the length of your life, but you can do something about its width and depth.” Henry Louis Mencken “Life […]

Daily Meditation for October 4, 2019

One can easily become discouraged and downhearted when noting natural disasters, gun violence, deadly diseases, etc. There seems no end to how much we humans can suffer from both direct and indirect causes. Surely Jesus and his disciples faced trying times in first-century Palestine—and did they too occasionally grieve with sadness and weariness? Most likely. […]