The Place of Only Love

Desire of heart
Petition to share
Appealing to Spirit
Of prayer to prepare

Clean off the deck
Thought from the mind
In my offering
Just emptiness, find

Encounter of Presence
Of true binding be
In clarities view
Just You and me

For found in this void
One gift to bestow
Soul of rejoicing
Of Your love to know

Fasting This Lent

Fast from hurting words
Let our words be kind
Fasting from our sadness
Let gratitude us, find

Fasting from our anger
Filled with patience, cope
Fast from pessimism
And be filled with hope

Fasting from our worries
Trust in God fully
Fast from our complaints
Contemplate simplicity

Fasting from our pressures
And be filled with prayer
Fast from bitterness
Our heart be joyful here

Fast from selfishness
Compassionate to see
Fasting from our grudges
Reconciled, be

Fasting from our words
Listening now hear
Let us find the silence
The Word of God to share

(based upon words from Pope Francis)

We Do Not but Do

We do not hear
Yet weโ€™re aware
The Spirit guides
And always here

We do not taste
Yet hunger for
Our soul to fill
Love You out-pour

We do not know
Yet trust in Thee
Your great plans
You have for me

We do not see
Yet our hope be
The way unto
Eternity

Ashes

Ashes, ashes
Our body
Acknowledge our
Mortality

Depressing now
This thought can be
Let Word instill
A turn to see

God sent his son
To rescue me
In human skin
Divinity

He gave his life
So willingly
Upon a cross
Sacrificially

And from the grave
Miraculously
He conquered death
So gloriously

He offers now
This gift for free
To live with Him
Eternally

Friend of the Choosing

Important our choices
A thought to extend
One of great value
Is choosing our friends

In shaping our view
Of character mold
One of dependence
Of values behold

Advice of receiving
Of sharing the way
A friend of the choosing
My Jesus today

I hope that some day
As friends often do
That Iโ€™ll grow to be
To look just like You

Senses Filled with Beauty

Incense is lit
Of fragrance surround
Smoke of the rising
The Spirit abounds

A sprinkling of water
Touching the skin
A blessing beyond
Forgiveness of sin

To nurture the soul
Body and mind
Song of the stirring
And Word of divine

A building so grand
A sparkling of gold
Is filled with Your grace
Of Presence, behold

A taste for the palette
Of wine and of bread
Of body and blood
Let our longing be fed

A celebration
Of our soul to see
To fill all our senses
With such beauty

There Comes a Time to Go

Words of my Grandmother
Wisdom to bestow
Step by step in life
There comes a time to go

Off to kindergarten
Out of her arms to grow
Take a step of courage
There comes a time to go

College now before me
Sheโ€™s proud of me, I know
Take a step of knowledge
There comes a time to go

Joy of my wedding day
Love is all aglow
A step of commitment
There comes a time to go

When her time had come
Our tears overflowed
Remember all our steps
The most important know

Journey of a lifetime
Of our Lord to know
With a step of faith
It came her time to go