Entries by Mary Jackle

Daily Meditation for April 19, 2018

Whenever we say the Lord’s Prayer, we pray, “Give us this day our daily bread.”  Have you ever thought about why we pray for bread?  Bread comes from the earth, the seed, the ground, the rain, the sun.  Clearly part of God’s creation.  Bread is also the result of human activity, the work of the […]

Daily Meditation for April 18, 2018

Newspaper headlines in the first weeks of April gave notice that Minnesotans were discouraged by the continuation of winter.  They’ve had enough.  JJ has a young, vibrant and sizable Mastiff dog named Roxie.  He relates that she is teaching him some things.  “Woke up this morning to a couple of inches and it was still […]

Daily Meditation for April 17, 2018

On March 24th thousands of young men and women came together at our Nation’s capital as well as state capitals all over the US in an effort to be heard by political leaders to restrict and control gun usage. Our young people are speaking out about basic protection for their lives. We hear this from […]

Daily Meditation for April 16, 2018

Meditations from Saint Benedict’s Monastery, St. Joseph, Minnesota To the many symbols of Easter, such as brightly colored eggs, lilies, and flowers, Fr. Ed Hays, in A Pilgrim’s Almanac, adds a suggested new symbol:  the turtle! He goes on to say: “The turtle can symbolize that the spiritual journey each of us is making is […]

Daily Meditation for April 13, 2018

When one has had a good night sleep, awakening is great.  There is the freshness of a new day, a promise in what is yet to emerge.  Even when there are challenges ahead, there is energy to meet them.  Perhaps, Mother Nature feels that way after a season of rest.  The surge of energy in […]

Daily Meditation for April 12, 2018

What could happen if today we lived as Brother David Steindl-Rast describes. For him, TODAY is a gift given to us, and it is the only day we are given today.  Imagine what would happen if we noticed the beauty and uniqueness- the gift of this day, its dawn and dusk, its sky?  What could […]

Daily Meditation for April 11, 2018

When was the last time you went pussy willow hunting?  In the ditches, in wet spaces by the side of the road, near swamps or bogs to find these soft, grey spring sprouts.  What is Easter without their cheery presence in a daffodil display on your festive table?  So pull on your rubber boots and […]

Daily Meditation for April 10, 2018

In a class where adult immigrants are learning English, the teacher gave this writing assignment: “If all human beings were blind, how would we know what beauty is?” The students answered in many ways, as they put their other senses to work. One young woman wrote eloquently about the tyranny of sight that fixates on […]

Daily Meditation for April 9, 2018

Does anxiety ever keep you awake at night? An image from Psalm 91 can help you to let go of useless worries. Psalm 91 pictures God as a mother bird sheltering her chicks under her wings. After a forest fire in Yellowstone National Park, a forest ranger found a bird petrified in ash at the […]

Daily Meditation for April 6, 2018

Recently, two commentaries on church and  country left readers conflicted in  heart: “As Christians and as citizens of the U.S., we should be deeply grateful for our nation’s history, its legacy and on-going role in the world.  And the other one: “As Christians and as citizens of the U.S., we should be profoundly troubled by […]