Posts by joereilly

The Hope of Spring

Winter has been hanging on here in Michigan, even though we are already into the first few weeks of spring. Cold temperatures and even some April snow showers have cast a shadow on our optimism and hope. Do we really believe this season will spring forth with new life? Will the ice finally melt and the water flow freely? Will we walk outside again in short sleeves and feel warm? At the same time,...

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Being Peace

Let your heart open wide Let your heart open wide Pour out all the love inside That you’ve tried to hide And let your heart open wide Snow covers the Michigan landscape like a peaceful blanket, reminding me of the beauty of stillness and the importance of slowing my pace. Although there is always an endless list of things to do, winter invites me to focus more on being rather than doing. How...

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Return to Love

“As a nation, we need to gather our collective courage and face our society’s lovelessness as a wound. As we allow ourselves to acknowledge the pain of this wound when it pierces our flesh and we feel in the depths of our soul a profound anguish of spirit, we come face to face with the possibility of conversion, of having a change of heart. In this way, recognition of the wound is a blessing...

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Make Our Climate Great Again!

Great Spirit, help us to live in balance with you, with one another, and with our Mother Earth. Teach us to love with the humble generosity of nature. Give us the patience and faith of the ancient forests as you guide us along your path of healing and transformation. Help us awaken like the springtime earth and open our eyes to the presence of your living spirit in all beings. Give us the...

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Water is Life

“I feel our nation’s turning away from love as intensely as I felt love’s abandonment in my girlhood. Turning away we risk moving into a wilderness of spirit so intense we may never find our way home again. I write of love to bear witness both to the danger in this movement, and to call for a return to love.”  ~Bell Hooks, All About Love   Our compost has hit the fan! Our...

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