Care & Reflections
This is my Precious Time for Self-Emptying, Fasting or Days of Bread with no leaven.
Sitting in Silence, Letting Go; Hopefully Waiting, Listening for Spirit’s Deep Breathing Presence. Heart Call to open, unfold and lift wing There will yet be a New Song to Sing. Read more . . .
“May today there be peace within.
May you trust God that you are exactly where you are meant to be.
May you not forget the infinite possibilities that are born of faith. Read more . . .
This is my prayer – That though I may not see, I be aware
Of the Silent God Who stands by me. That, though I may not feel, Read more . . .
Mighty God, Father of all, Compassionate God, Mother of All, bless every person I have met,
every face I have seen, Read more . . .
Breath of God, Breath of peace, Breath of love, Breath of life,
Breath of justice, Breath of passion, Read more . . .
May today be Day One of a new unity in the US, with former divisions freshly healed by humility, wisdom, charity, grace, and forgiveness. Healer of our every ill, breathe in and among all of us who dwell on this land. Soothe our wounds. Read more . . .
“Women need a seat at the table. They need an invitation to be seated there, and in some cases, when this isn’t available, then they need to create their own table. It is said that girls with dreams become women with vision. Read more. . .
The Women’s Table thrives on connection. In these days of COVID-19 and social distancing, we commit ourselves to support care and compassion in new and creative ways. Stay tuned to regular posts entitled “Care and reflection from The Women’s Table.”
Know that we’re stronger together, even while apart!
“Encouragement is a need we all have; encouragement is a power we all have. Unleash that power.” Read more . . .
The soul is like a wind that waves over herbs,
Is like the dew that moistens the grass
Is like the rain-soaked air that lets things grow. Read more . . .
Who made the world? Who made the swan, and the black bear? Who made the grasshopper? Read more . . .
How often do we say to ourselves, “We plan, and God laughs”?
Sit back, laugh with God today and carry on! Read more . . .
Today’s reflection comes to you from Maya Angelou (April 4, 2928 – May 28, 2014)
Maya Angelou’s wisdom lives on . . . and we have so much to learn! ‘I’ve learned that you can tell a lot about a person by the way he/she handles these three things: a rainy day, lost luggage, and tangled Christmas tree lights.’ Read more . . .
We plant seeds in the ground
And dreams in the sky,
Hoping that, someday, the roots of one
Will meet the upstretched limbs of the other. Read more . . .
There is no power greater than a community discovering what it cares about.
Ask “What’s possible?” not “What’s wrong?” Keep asking. Read more . . .
Rev. Laura Martin, in “Let Your Heart Be Troubled” encourages us to “feel all of it,” even the troubling and the broken. May your heart be moved with compassion, love and action in the days, months and years ahead… Read More . . .
I will come to you in the silence
I will lift you from all your fear
You will hear My voice
I claim you as My choice
Be still, and know I am near. Read more . . .
It takes courage to be, to live, to breathe.
It takes courage to work, to strive, to achieve
It takes courage to love, to comfort, to grieve. Read more . . .
As Martin Luther King, Jr. (1929–1968) observed, one of the most segregated hours in the United States still occurs on Sunday mornings when we attend church services. Read more. . .
“To love. To be loved. To never forget your own insignificance. To never get used to the unspeakable violence and the vulgar disparity of life around you. . .” Read more . . .
“Who prays with hope might ask for anything . . . Like nice weather and advancement. This concreteness is a sign of authenticity . . .” Read More . . .
“[Francis’] life indicates to us that if we persevere in prayer we will find God in the center of our lives and the bitter will become sweet [as when Francis kissed the leper]; however, if we stay on the plain of mediocrity then the bitter may remain bitter. Read more . . .
Remembering all those we’ve lost, all those who have fought for our freedom,
and remembering each of you. Read more . . .
To awaken – To know ultimate reality, to experience communion within the divine moments in nature. Read More . . .
When SPRING comes to the woods it comes slowly. It doesn’t hurry.
Bits of AUTUMN and WINTER linger in the forest even as tiny fragments
of SPRING begin to appear. Read more . . .
“I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor rulers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor anything else in all creation . . .” Read more . . .
I call your name of Light and my spirit becomes bright. I cry your name of Mercy and my body becomes warm, I speak you name of Mystery Almighty and my spirit becomes strong. Read More . . .
“I don’t know Who—or what—put the question, I don’t know when it was put. I don’t even remember answering. . .” Read More . . .
“I am with you on the journey, and I will never leave you. I am with you on the journey, always with you. Kathy Sherman, CSJ. Read more . . .
“There are times when living and loving the questions is the authentic response to life’s mysteries.” -David Rensberger. Read more . . .
At the start of a new week, we humbly share a lovely prayer with you. Read more. . .
It’s Friday, and we anticipate the weekend. Days tend to blur during this time of isolation, but God remains sure, by our side at all times. Savor this, and allow God to walk with you, every moment of every day! Read more . . .
May you enjoy today’s bright sunshine and crisp air! We are grateful to be part of this community! Read more . . .
Happy Patriots Day, Marathon Monday and welcome to a new week! Below is a simple reflection, thanks to Teresa of Avila, who lived from 1515-1582.
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O Great Love, thank you for living and loving in us and through us. May all that we do flow from our deep connection with you and all beings. Help us become a community that vulnerably shares each other’s burden and the weight of glory. Listen to our hearts’ longings for the healing of our world. Read more . . .
May your God be someone you can lean on in your weak and painful moments. May you know God as your rock, your shelter, your strength, your wing of comfort and support. (Ps 94: 18) Read more . . .
May you awake each morning with thank you on our lips and in your heart, recognizing that all is gift, that all is blessing. (Ps 138: 1) Read more . . .
As we move into the Easter Triduum, we at The Women’s Table send our heartfelt love and greetings! Below is a brief reflection we hope you’ll enjoy. Read more . . .
“I will love the light for it shows me the way, yet I will endure the darkness for it shows me the stars.” – Og Mandino. Read more . . .
Richard Rohr, OSB offers meaningful reflections helpful for our daily lives. The following is a summary of a practice described by a Tibetan Buddhist teacher, Pema Chodron, for “growing loving kindness” or maitri. We invite you to set aside some time for quiet, and go through these simple steps with intention and openness. Read more . . .
The following reflection comes to you from Mary Lou Von Euw, Advisory Committee member of The Women’s Table. She rediscovered it in a prayer book entitled, “Jesus Calling” by Sarah Young. Read more . . .
“There is a deep hunger in our soul. It cannot, will not be quieted. It is time for us to slow down, to let go, to find quiet, silent places and to listen to the whispers.
They will not go away – for God does not.” Read more . . .
As Brother Richard Hendrick, OFM CAP, an Irish Capuchin friar,
notes in an excerpt from his lovely poem entitled, “Lockdown” Read more . . .
Today’s reading for the Feast of the Annunciation seemed particularly fitting and reassuring, “Do not be afraid! And Luke concludes with “nothing is impossible with God!” How we need to remember that in these uncertain times! Read more . . .
In these days of self-quarantine and coronavirus concern, The Women’s Table extends loving care to each of you. We plan to share prayers,
reflections and songs on a regular basis as a way of connecting with you,
especially since we’re limited from gathering in person.
We extend these thoughts “that ALL may be one!” Read more . . .