Entries by Mary Jackle

Daily Meditation for January 4, 2019

Living as we do in Minnesota, we annually endure winter. Winter does require us to make some lifestyle changes. We wear warm clothing, travel about with caution and limit some of our activities to indoor venues. We learn to deal with the cold weather. However, more than the weather can be cold. Any time in […]

Daily Meditation for January 3, 2019

We are now into the new year, 2019, and it’s time to think about our “New Year’s Resolutions” in case we made any. Many of us might already have spent some time thinking about how we might improve our lives, our behaviors, our relationships and our goals. Maybe we decided to try and be more […]

Daily Meditation for January 2, 2019

Ronald Rolheiser writes in his book, The Holy Longing: “It is no easy task to walk this earth and find peace. Inside of us, it would seem, something is at odds with the very rhythm of things, and we are forever restless.” St. Augustine in the early fifth century said something similar: “You have made us […]

Daily Meditation for January 1, 2019

As a new year opens, we bid goodbye to the old one—and, more importantly, resolve to lessen or ban attitudes, behaviors, fears and dislikes which weaken our desire and ability to face life with faith and courage. We see all around us, at home and abroad, almost overwhelming events that chip away at our common […]

Daily Meditation for December 31, 2018

Families are such blessings. Often we take them for granted, but then something happens and we realize that taking family for granted makes us realize we overlook the blessings they are.  Recently, a friend celebrated her 80th birthday. From a large family, she had lost all of her siblings and so expected nothing but a […]

Daily Meditation for December 28, 2018

On December 18, the temperature here was 45 degrees. The polar ice cap has shrunk by 90%. We watch polar bears on TV searching for food and having to swim long distances rather than walk on the ice to their destinations. Here in Central Minnesota, with little or no insulating snow, the cover crops and roots […]

Daily Meditation for December 27, 2018

The earth where we live in Central Minnesota now lies in winter rest. With no plowing, planting and harvesting to sap our energy, it’s a good time to consider some wisdom from the First Nations of the land. Two hundred years ago, Chief Seattle wrote to the American government with concerns about the future of […]

Daily Meditation for December 26, 2018

We tend to think of Christmas time as a celebration for the children who visit Baby Jesus in the crib, are excited about Santa coming with gifts, and love the songs and stories.  Poet David A. Redding observes “That first Christmas was not simply for children, but for the wise and the strong.  It was […]

Daily Meditation for December 25, 2018

While unwrapping your gifts this Christmas, do you look the giver in the face and smile gratefully?  Do you notice the sparkle of delight in the giver’s eyes as the gift was presented?  And do you realize that Christmas or gift-giving is a daily phenomenon?  It is overwhelming to realize that Jesus is our daily […]

Daily Meditation for December 24, 2018

Hurry, hurry, hurry!  That’s what life seems to be about some days or some weeks.  What happens when we hurry?  We miss details around us and do not notice that someone is hurting or has been hurt.  Sometimes a flip remark can cause another person a serious wound, but the one who delivers the remark […]