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December 24, 2023
By Sister Patricia Hayes, CSA

I wasn’t picking on anyone, I wasn’t purposely excluding anyone.
Except for the rich who could send runners ahead to reserve a spot, literally,
it was first-come, first-served.

Remember – no phone, fax or email. 
We are not talking Holiday Inn or Marriott, Hilton or Best Western. 
Adobe dwelling with a platform bed and perhaps a window. 
No dining room, laundry or indoor plumbing. 
Literally, only a place to lay your head.

So when the young man and obviously ready-to-give-birth woman showed up
I did not what any father would want someone to do for his daughter and son-in-law.
I found them warmth and privacy.
I offered them my stable and my wife as midwife.

They were surprised; because the families they passed leaving Bethlehem as they entered
all told them “there was no room in the inn.”
Joseph and Mary gave thanks and settled into the hay and straw-strewn abode – waiting.

It Snows Now

December 10, 2023
By Sister Lael Niblick, CSA

Softly falls the snow

White—pure—gleaming

Cold—cleansing

Covering once more

The earth with a vanishing freshness

It snows now

And I too feel

The healing balm

 

Peace, Be Still, Be Silent

November 26, 2023
By Sister Lael Niblick, CSA

Peace, be still, be silent

And know that I am God

And know that I love You

And know that I am here.

 

I am here in the falling of a tear

I am here in the laughter of a child

I am here in the silence of the moment

I am here in the longing of your heart.

 

I am here in the falling of a star

I am here in the dawning of the day

 I am here in the friendship of a loved one

I am here in each moment that you pray

 

I am here in the emptiness and fullness

I am here in the darkness of the night

I am here in all pain and suffering

I am here in the abundance of joy.

 

The Calling

November 12, 2023
By Sister Lael Niblick, CSA

The calling of this heart

From unknown place

From within/without

Follow - Come - Follow.

Walk gently, ah tenderly.

Those who watch with wondering eyes

Question—Who walks here?

It is your home, this place

And I shall but walk awhile

But then who is ever home

This earth is ours only in the sharing

So walk gently, tenderly and follow

Come 

Follow

 

My Friends, The Rainbow

October 08, 2023
By Sister Mary Lou Schroeder, CSA

Violet-

Shadow's home

Wandering minstrel

Contemplative.

 Indigo-

Twilight glow

Herald of the moon

Responsible.

 Blue-

Crafter crystal

Solid soldier sentinel

Steady.

 Green-

Waving silk

Maid of refreshment

Sincere.

 Yellow-

Spun sunlight

Fairy on a beam

Delicate.

 Orange-

Gay holiday

Capering carnival clown

Crazy.

 Red-

Brilliant love

Lady of means

Lavish.

 

Spaces

September 24, 2023
By Sister Lael Niblick, CSA

Mostly life is full of spaces.

Oh there are moments full and graced

Moments alive and fragrantly full

And there are moments sharp

Razor-sharp with searing pain.

But mostly life is full of spaces

The ordinary days

The ordinary times

One hardly considers the spaces.

All to swiftly

We move  from moment to moment

But it is the spaces

The precious simple spaces that fill life.

 

Falling Inside

September 10, 2023
By Sister Lael Niblick, CSA

Lately I feel like there is within me

This deep hole of sadness and pain

And now I am falling inside myself

While the world explodes into a million

Sun stars.

Still, I desperately cling to the hope

That somehow I will come out on

The other side of Peace and Joy.

Somewhere in a renewed world of Being

But it is so hard to smile when you are

Tumbling through aching emptiness

And it is so hard to remember gently

When your world is an exploding star.

 

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Out of Ideas

August 27, 2023
By Sister Lael Niblick, CSA

Out of ideas and words to speak

Out of everything —reached the peak

Nothing to say, nothing to do.

Blank and empty, nothing is new.

 

Out of the ordinary, out of the plain

Into the extraordinary,  only what’s main

Something so special, exquisite and pure

Something that’s lasting meant to endure.

 

Clown Time

August 13, 2023
By Sister Lael Niblick, CSA

Stop  - you can see

The Clown in me is laughing, playing, free

It is Time

Now- Now- Now

All the wonder of a child’s smile

Giggles

Laughter caught in this moment

Take time and see

There is a clown in me

And yes I am the clown

Don’t you know

I am the clown

But for the sake of the Serious

I put on this common face

Waiting again for the days
I am myself

The Clown

It is Clown Time

 

Dreaming my Tomorrows

July 23, 2023
By Sister Lael Niblick, CSA

Long ago I learned I do not fit the mold, but that is okay.

I can color outside the lines of expectation

And create a paper airplane while others

So solemnly write their patterned lines.

Long ago I learned but somehow

I always stand up to say maybe

Maybe you will need a kite this time

Rather than a notebook.

All is well I am not abandoning my place

Only living it on a different plain .

Maybe one day I will find a whole other way

To be where flowers are more important

And life is deeper

And interconnectedness of relationships are inspirited

Windblown laughter carries me somewhere

There are no molds, no expectations

Other than  love

So I unlearn

Dreaming my tomorrows.

 

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