Saturday, July 1, 2017

Many Faces

This  is a picture of you at the end of spending six days with me and Lala. 

And then here you are after eating Papa's Scebly

And here you just are.

We can have many faces, many roles we play in this life but it is important that all those different faces and roles be informed by the same soul which is rooted in God.
You are rooted in God always.
The work is to come to know how to be aware of this rootedness.
How does one do that?

If you are curious enough, just ask me.


Sunday, April 2, 2017



Anna Claire,

Thomas Merton wrote:

"... the quest for the true self is part of the quest to let God know you as you are."

Here you are young enough to still be just who you are. Time will change that and before you know it, you might find yourself hiding from God in different kinds of ways.
Just return to this little person and remember...

"To such belongs the kingdom of heaven."


Tuesday, February 28, 2017


Hopefully, someday, you will come to understand how important it is to acknowledge our shadow side. It can be our teacher in many ways.


Thursday, January 19, 2017

Happy Birthday One Whole Year In The World - Four Questions For The Rest of Your Birthdays

Who am I? 

Beneath all the stories of our past, beneath our joys and sorrows, we have within us an essential nature that is whole and unbroken. What is this true nature, and how do we find it? If we can take nourishment from this inner strength and wisdom, we will find great peace and courage. 

What do I love? 

By what star do we navigate our journey on the earth? What we love will shape our days and provide the texture for our inner and outer life. How can we plant what we love in the garden of this life? 

How shall I live, knowing I will die?

 Every moment in this life is a precious gift. In our brief time here, what qualities do we wish to cultivate? If we are aware of our mortality, we can live less by accident and live instead with clarity and purpose. 

What is my gift to the family of the earth? 

Each of us has a gift to bring to the table, and the family of the earth yearns to receive it. How do we uncover our true gift? How do we balance giving and receiving? And where can we find the confidence to offer our gift freely and happily?

 These are the questions that shape our lives, and they have no final answers. They remain with us, companions in our spiritual unfolding.


Muller, Wayne (2013-09-11). How Then, Shall We Live?: Four Simple Questions That Reveal the Beauty and Meaning of Our Lives .

Saturday, January 7, 2017


To know God is to know our essence.

Newell, John Philip (2014-06-06). The Rebirthing of God: Christianity's Struggle for New Beginnings

So how will you go about this "knowing God"?

Let's talk about it someday.


Sunday, November 27, 2016


Here we all are ladies.
My gift to you all this thanksgiving 2016 was to teach all of you one of Papa's holy words.


You probably won't remember this but, on this day we visited the Elf Village up in the North Carolina mountains. Above is a picture of us in one of Santa's Sleighs he loaned out for the occasion.
This little elf village also had a very small chapel with just enough room for all of us to enter.
We all entered that chapel and participated in a moment of being silent together, practicing one of Papa's holy words together.

That was your Thanksgiving gift to me.

Thank you for that!

St. John of the Cross writes:

Carve out a day every week,
or an hour a day,
or a moment each hour, 
and abide in loving silence with the Friend.
Feel the frenetic concerns of life in the world
fall away,
like the last leaves of autumn being lifted from the tree in the arms of zephyr.
Be the bare tree.


Saturday, October 1, 2016


September 30, 2016

Anna Claire,

Papa had the great honor in participating in your Baptism this past month.

Here are the words I spoke to you:

God speaks to each of us as he makes us,
then walks with us silently out of the night.

These are the words we dimly here:

You, sent out beyond your recall,
go to the limits of your longing,
Embody me.

Flare up like flame
and make big shadows I can move inn.

Let everything happen to you: beauty and terror.
Just keep going. No feeling is final.
Don’t let yourself lose me.

Nearby is the country they call life.
You will know it by its seriousness.

Give me your hand.

Rainer Maria Rilke: Book of Hours, Love Poems to God

Then I wrote this:

Anna Claire,

May the light of God warm your spirit and awaken you to the great knowledge that 

You are a child of God

You live and move and have your being in this light unaware.

May the inward grace of this baptism awaken you to this life & light of God in you.

Anna Claire Coleman,

I Baptize you in the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit

I love you Anna Claire.