Entries by Mary Jackle

Daily Meditation for June 5, 2020

Today we celebrate the feast of St. Boniface who was an English Benedictine monk and became a missionary to Germany. Legend has it that in 723, Boniface, while a missionary in Germany, announced that he intended to chop down a “holy” oak tree dedicated to the pagan god Thor. The local people told Boniface that […]

Daily Meditation for June 4, 2020

If human connection fails at times, loneliness sets in. These words from Psalm 139:7–10 give us an option: God is always there for us. Even if you try to get away from Him, you can’t. “Where can I go from your Spirit? Where can I flee from your presence? If I go up to the […]

Daily Meditation for June 3, 2020

“I’ve NEVER been so lonely in my life” was the painful mantra-like message Pat heard over and over from her friend Susan who was experiencing a “lockdown” in an assisted living complex because of the coronavirus epidemic. Without warning, the residents were told that they needed to stay in their rooms, not have guests—including their […]

Daily Meditation for June 2, 2020

History and the present moment reveal that great crises, like the coronavirus pandemic, bring forth from the human community astonishing creativity. Scientists and doctors are working day and night to create a vaccine. Other creative breakthroughs are less obvious but no less important. Stirring the compost heap of memory has led many people to plant […]

Daily Meditation for June 1, 2020

The coronavirus is confusing and frightening for millions of people. Most of us have never seen anything like it during our lifetimes. Some mislead us out of fear, believing that God is punishing us, but Jesus has come into our lives not to punish us, but to bring us into freedom. Don’t move into panic […]

Daily Meditation for May 29, 2020

Have you ever noticed how, on a beautiful sunshiny morning after several rainy-grey days, total strangers will smile at one another as they pass? Their smile seems to say, “We have something in common, something wonderful. We don’t have to compete for the sunshine—it’s pure gift, and there’s plenty for everybody.” That experience must be […]

Daily Meditations for May 28, 2020

To change our thinking and ways of doing things is difficult for us humans. It often takes an experience as deeply unsettling as a pandemic to capture our attention and challenge us to “get it.”  Have we been able to: Realize our power to infect or protect everyone near us and adopt new behaviors? Develop […]

Daily Meditation for May 27, 2020

Ironically, during this pandemic we are asked to keep social distancing—while we are pulled together ever more intimately within our families. Many are confined to close quarters in small apartments or in one-level homes, some without a spacious yard to allow more breathing space. How to cope? We soldier on as best we can, but […]

Daily Meditation for May 26, 2020

Signs of May are two-fold this year…fresh green leaves are popping and tulips, daffodils and jonquils are popping. In a time when most of our thoughts go to the latest news on COVID-19 and how to deal safely with this unknown virus, we can easily forget about what nature continues to display before our eyes—morning, […]

Daily Meditation for May 25, 2020

Memorial Day is a United States federal holiday remembering and honoring all men and women who died while serving in the United States Armed Forces since the Civil War. This holiday originated after the Civil War to commemorate and honor the Union and Confederate soldiers who died in that war.  By the 20th century, Memorial […]