Entries by Mary Jackle

Daily Meditation for May 11, 2018

During Lent and the Easter season, the scriptures have been telling us that “if a grain of wheat falls into the ground and dies, it will bear abundant fruit.” But Jesus and the Gospel writers were wrong about seeds, maybe because they were carpenters and fishermen! As every gardener knows, if seeds die, no amount […]

Daily Meditation for May 10, 2018

We are aware at this time in spring of the wildflowers that miraculously spring up in the woodlands or forest: small, fragile violets, wood anemone, columbine. How their existence colors the world! We wonder: does my existence color the world? What would make a difference? From deep within, our spirit yearns to sing and shout […]

Daily Meditation for May 9, 2018

When our world and our nation seem dark and discouraging, we want things to be different. We want life to be more civilized, more humane and certainly, more kind. Often there are simple, hidden acts of generosity that counteract the dark tones of life and re-kindle hope. One place where you see these shafts of […]

Daily Meditation for May 8, 2018

There is a spiritual practice which, more than many other good practices, can help us to live joyfully and grow old gracefully. It is the practice of gratitude. Cicero, an ancient Roman philosopher and statesman, said that “gratitude is not only the greatest of virtues, but the parent of all others.” If the attitude of […]

Daily Meditation for May 7, 2018

When asked, “What is you deepest desire?” many people respond that they wish for peace. We long for inner peace and for peace in our violent and troubled world. Pope John Paul II encouraged us to make peace our primary work. He gave this message to all the world: “To everyone, Christians, believers, and women […]

Daily Meditation for May 4, 2018

One day as a galloping horse and rider approached a little village, an old man cried out to the rider as he passed by in a whirlwind, “Where are you going in such a hurry?” The man on the horse turned around and shouted back, “I don’t know; ask the horse. I’m only riding it!” […]

Daily Meditation for May 3, 2018

Amidst the hustle and bustle, the constant noise of society and our culture today, a hard-won commodity is SILENCE. This is an underrated, though perhaps ever more attractive virtue—a gift we give to ourselves and to others. Silence is not just the absence of sound or the stoppage of many words; it is a positive […]

Daily Meditation for May 2, 2018

The month of May is a time for homecoming and creating new homes. College students eagerly pack up to return to home places. The leaving is not without hesitation as friends go separate ways. Some have graduated. Others will be missed over the intervening months before a new term begins on campus. Newlyweds are enthusiastic […]

Daily Meditation for May 1, 2018

“Joy in looking and comprehending is nature’s most beautiful gift” (Albert Einstein). Einstein was a man who delved into nature’s laws, led human understanding forward, but retained a sense of awe at the mystery of creation. He recognized that it is in the simple and the beautiful that we can become aware of what is […]

Daily Meditation for April 30, 2018

The patron saint of farmers and those who work the land is Saint Isidore of Spain. In recent years, Isidore’s wife, Maria, has been added to the official list also as patron of farmers. Their feast day is May 15. After the death of the couple’s only infant child, they worked  together as tenant farmers. […]