El Buen Pastor (Taos, New Mexico * The Good Shepherd)
...and some thoughts for the beginning of Lent .
The word Lent comes from the old English, “lencten,” which means”spring,”
“If you abide in me, and my words abide in you,
you will ask what you desire, and it shall be done for you...”
“...here is the deepest secret nobody knows
(here is the root of the root and the bud of the
and the sky of the sky of a tree called life;which
higher than soul can hope or mind can hide)
and this is the wonder that’s keeping the stars
I carry your heart(I carry it in my heart) “
e.e. cummings 1952
“I am the good shepherd ... then Jesus said to them again, truly, truly, I say unto to you, I am the door of the sheep...”
“Behold, I stand at the door, and knock : if you hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in and eat with you, and you with me. “
first but then
stars by night.
he (St Ignatius) began his mornings with
‘What shall we do for God today ?’
Letting the Spirit
through his soul
wind through a field of poppies...”
From the poem Inigo de Loyola in the poetry book
by Fr Jim Janda + 1936 - 2010
I simply suggest we can begin this year’s Lenten Season in the same way, as Jim Janda rememberers St Ignatius, with ...
What shall we do for God today?
Fr Bill McNichols
Ash Wednesday 2019