Entries by Mary Jackle

Daily Meditation for December 13, 2019

We are in the winding-down season of the year. Summer plans did or didn’t turn out, the glorious fall colors have faded away, school days have become routine, winter hovers right around the corner. “Tell me, what is it you plan to do/ With your one wild and precious life?” asked poet Mary Oliver. Our […]

Daily Meditation for December 12, 2019

Hildegard of Bingen lived in the 11th century and entered a Benedictine monastery at the age of eight, which was not uncommon in those days. She became learned in a variety of areas; she was gifted with an astute mind and unquenchable energy. At age 43, she began writing on such varied topics as history, […]

Daily Meditation for December 11, 2019

“Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that” (Martin Luther King, Jr.). In the northern hemisphere, December is the darkest month of the year, the time of the winter solstice. As we approach the year 2020, it feels, too, as if there is […]

Daily Meditation for December 10, 2019

We have to admit that some of our days are truly hard. We are forced to deal with losses, hurts, disappointments, frustrations and downright tragedies. How do you handle these experiences in a healthy, responsible manner? Well, you let yourself feel the pain, acknowledge the hurt, maybe use some strong expletives, scream or cry if […]

Daily Meditation for December 9, 2019

We don’t really know from where GREATNESS comes! It may indeed turn up from one of your family. Or, is it not possible that greatness might come from one of the immigrant children we still allow into our United States? Such a person could be our future president, a famous CEO, an effective preacher or […]

Daily Meditation for December 6, 2019

On December 6, we celebrate the feast of St. Nicholas, a fourth-century saint who was a Greek bishop. He is remembered for his secret gift giving—putting coins and other small gifts in the shoes left out for him by friends, neighbors and the needy. Gift giving in secret was intended to have people thank God […]

Daily Meditation for December 5, 2019

In early December (the 6th), world churches celebrate the feast of St. Nicholas. Even though the commercial world depicts the saint as fat, jolly, pipe smoking and whiskered with a huge white flowing beard, the statue near his patronal church in Myra, Asia Minor (Turkey), shows us a tall, thin man wearing a hoodie carrying […]

Daily Meditation for December 4, 2019

These weeks prior to Christmas give us time to watch and wait for the coming of Christ—not just on Christmas, but on each day and in each person we meet! As you approach each day of Advent, ask yourself, where will I find Jesus today? Will it be in someone that knocks at my door? […]

Daily Meditation for December 3, 2019

A contemporary theologian recently said, “We are not called to serve merely in order to receive a reward, but rather to imitate God, who made Himself a servant for our love.” Heavy theology? Not really. But the idea of imitating God can be overwhelming when we think of what God can do. But think of […]

Daily Meditation for December 2, 2019

Is your life a series of events and encounters that cause anxiety, stress and uneasiness? That does seem to be how most of us experience the happenings of the day. But, how different our life could be if we’d cultivate gratitude. In place of focusing on the challenges of today, how different life could be […]