Entries by Mary Jackle

Daily Meditation for Dec. 21, 2018

Among the several important celebrations of December, the winter solstice on the 21st is one of worldwide recognition. Light slowly grows from this day on as darkness lessens. A new year welcomes us as we greet the light, the dawn of new life. It is a time of great joy. Though winter is fully upon […]

Daily Meditation for Dec. 20, 2018

“Celebrating What’s Right with the World” is a short video narrated by Dewitt Jones, a long-time photographer for the National Geographic magazine. In the video, Jones says that our perception shapes our vision, and our vision determines our reality. What do we focus our attention on? Do we perceive the inner beauty shining in the […]

Daily Meditation for Dec. 19, 2018

Here is in God, some say, A deep but dazzling darkness…   from “The Night” by Henry Vaughn. Steeped in the darkness of December nights, these words of Henry Vaughn cause us to pause before the dark beauty that winter holds. Glistening with the brightness of snow, winter darkness exudes a distinctive magnificence. Immersed in the beauty […]

Daily Meditation for Dec. 18, 2018

The Psalmist asks, “How can I repay the Lord for all God’s goodness to me?” (Ps. 116) The answer, of course, is that we can’t. All we can do is “pay it forward,” in the phrase the movie by the same name made famous. As we know, it means freely giving the gifts others have […]

Daily Meditation for Dec. 17, 2018

Thomas Merton writes, “But there is greater comfort in the substance of silence than in the answer to a question.” Merton is explaining the power of silence. There are mixed messages when it comes to silence in our culture. Silence can be seen as a sign of weakness, fear or even lack of intelligence. Yet […]

Daily Meditation for Dec. 14, 2018

“Be a lamp or a lifeboat or a ladder. Help someone’s soul heal. Walk out of your house like a shepherd.” This challenge comes from Rumi, a renowned 13th century Persian mystic and poet. How can we interpret this shepherd image for 21st century lives devoid of sheep? Who is your flock? When God sent […]

Daily Meditation for Dec. 13, 2018

Today we observe the growing “darkness” outside, but in just a short week, we’ll be on the other side of the darkness and we can say “light is overcoming the darkness.” Once more we will have moved through the solstice that marks the official, scientific season of winter, December 21. That date is one kind […]

Daily Meditation for Dec. 12, 2018

How are your listening skills? It can be really hard at times to hold back a comment while someone else is speaking. To tune in to the speaker’s thoughts or to keep track of the message is a challenge. It is important to respect the other person, however, and listen. If the message is important […]

Daily Meditation for Dec. 11, 2018

Nancy wondered aloud how much time she spent in her lifetime waiting for things to happen. She was doing it again today with joyful expectancy. Sitting near the window, she quietly reminisced about the other waits she had experience in her life. Waiting for the birth of her children was a hope-filled time. Watching and […]

Daily Meditation for Dec. 10, 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 […]