The Table of Life

May it be said of us that we were a people of love; That where there was hunger, we offered nourishment, not from what remained after we had been fed, but from the place deep within yearning for a world without hunger. May it be said of us that where there was thirst, we offered…

“Misa Campesina”

From Songs from the Batahola Cultural Center in Nicaragua, quoted in Walter Wink, The Human Being (Minneapolis, Fortress Press, 2002), p. 273. You are the God of the poor, the human and simple God, the God who sweats in the street, the God with the weather-beaten face. That’s why I can talk to you the…

Solon: Those whose riches satisfy their greed

Those whose riches satisfy their greed Are not more rich for all those heaps and hoards Than those who are poor with enough to feed And clothe their corpses with such as God affords. I have no use for those who steal and cheat; The fruit of evil poisons those who eat. Some are wicked and rich, and others good…

I have heard you say

I have heard you say of me, “He is naïve, unrealistic. He doesn’t understand the way the world works.” I hope you hear the truth when I tell you how it is: I can assure you, I fully understand. I’ve seen the way the world works, in the burdens of my father, and my father’s…

Ceremony — Leslie Marmon Silko

I will tell you something about stories, [he said] They aren’t just for entertainment. Don’t be fooled They are all we have, you see, all we have to fight off illness and death. You don’t have anything if you don’t have the stories. Their evil is mighty but it can’t stand up to our stories….

A Place Beyond

We are no longer in the valley. This is a place beyond. Somehow darker than dark and yet we are sore eyed, blinded by the light. We are no longer slaves. Beyond the sweat and sorrows, the strong hands that hung over us, waiting to sting our backs by the snaps of their whips. Somehow…

Do what you need to do

Much of what I learned of life I learned from loving Dad. How to smile when things were hard. How to care for a stranger. How to be patient but firm, To be honest but kind. I learned That you can have the wind knocked out of you, The world worked out of you, And…

O God of Deep and Troubled Storms

O God of deep and troubled storms, Of peace yet tempest tossed; O Comforter of hearts that mourn For life both lived and lost, Teach us how to pray. Cannot our violence be dethroned? Will nations cease to rage? Does darkness triumph all alone? Can night be bright like day? Teach us how to pray….