First Sunday in Lent – February 25, 2007

This past week we were introduced to the theory and practice of “journaling.” Br. Joseph Schmidt has been teaching us this valuable tool that can be used by anyone who wishes to grow in the spiritual life while being attentive to their regular experiences of life and bringing those experiences to prayer. I will be using this spiritual tool throughout the sabbatical and hope that once I have become proficient in it’s use that I can continue using it after leaving Sangre.

Br. Dennis Galvin spent Saturday morning introducing us to some of the newer concepts being discussed in the world of theology; namely, Creation Theology. It explores the relationship we have as men and women with all of creation. I enjoyed our morning discussion and two of the poems we studied which I am printing below.

ASINIIG (Written by Louise Erdich)

A thousand generations of you live and die
In the space of a single one of our thoughts.
A complete thought is a mountain.
We don’t have very many ideas.

When the original fire which formed us subsided,
We thought of you.
We allowed you to occur.
We are still deciding whether that was wise.


Is the soul solid, like iron?
Or is it tender and breakable, like
the wings of a moth in the beak of an owl?
Who has it, and who doesn’t?
I keep looking around me.
The face of a moose is as sad
as the face of Jesus.
The swan opens her white wings slowly.
In the fall, the black bear carries leaves into the darkness.
One question leads to another.
Does it have shape? Like an iceberg?
Like the eye of a hummingbird?
Does it have one lung, like the snake and the scallop?
Why should I have it, and not the anteater
who loves her children?
Why should I have it, and not the camel?
Come to think of it, what about the maple trees?
What about the blue iris?
What about all the little stones, sitting alone in the moonlight?
What about the roses, and lemons, and their shining leaves?
What about the grass?

Here are some more photos I shot while visiting Santa Fe this past week.

St. Francis of Assisi Cathedral Basilica (Santa Fe, New Mexico)

Cathedral Sanctuary

Statue of the Blessed Mother brought to the original Conquistador Chapel in 1625

Crucifix in the Conquistador Chapel (Christ Figure has human hair)

Some pictures of several of the buildings in Santa Fe with the typical Southwest Design.





One Response to “First Sunday in Lent – February 25, 2007”

  1. Pattye Says:

    Dear Fr. John,

    Thank you for the beautiful reflections, pictures and sharing your life with us. We continue the journey … in the desert … thirsting for the Lord!

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