Contemplative Reading

Chana Anderson’s Artwork ~ batch #1

by faithgibson on April 18, 2023

Chana’s Artwork posted during May 2023   A favorite piece of your artwork right here (replace bird photo)     Short intro by Chana to her adult children   Links to each of your photos  Note to Chana — after you give me the name for each individual picture, I will list it by its […]

Letters of the Scattered Brotherhood ~ page 50

by faithgibson on October 2, 2022

“Walk in Immortality Now” Letters of the Scattered Brotherhood, page # 50 Hardcover book, page 50 (page 61 in soft cover version, published 1991) Let us use our imagery. Once there was a white bird with a blue bill and orange feet; it was neatly plumbed and took joy in flying over waves. This bird […]

These times are very, very big and potent. The only hope is to be bigger than the times and more potent Letters of the Scattered Brotherhood ~ excerpt ~ page 216 What needs to be realized is your own importance in the scheme. You’ve been told to stand to your full stature. This may sound […]

A classic source of spiritual wisdom for those seeking inner strength and serenity Letters of the Scattered Brotherhood ~ excerpt ~ page 203 For what can we give praise, what can we give thanks, for what can we rejoice at this time? Let us not use these words lightly, nor fail to look into the […]

  Letter to the Scattered Brotherhood ~ Pages 27 and 28 These are Iron Times for the nations. Be all the more disciplined in your emotions, for you will hear cries of fear and the crowds will try to force you into their quaking cul-de-sacs. No, be ready for their poison and their unpreparedness. It […]

  Tiny URL: Quoted from: Reflections: ~ Book of poetry for High Holy Days ~ Congregation Etz Chayim, 5778 pages 7 & 8 ~ Wise Words by John O’Donohue, p#8 When personal guilt over a past event becomes a continuous cloud over your life, you are locked in a mental prison and have become […]

What is a tree? by Rabbi David Kasher (re-posted)

by faithgibson on September 16, 2016

BUBER’S TREE – Parshat Shoftim by Rabbi David Kasher  Podcast  |  PDF Version What is a tree? That almost-too-simple question has the Biblical commentators all in a tizzy this week. Their problem is not botanical, however – it is linguistic. It is the strange phrasing of a verse in Parshat Shoftim {i.e. weekly Torah reading} that has prompted […]

                The following quote is taken from the book: “Everyday Holiness” by Alan Morinis on the soul-trait of “loving-kindness” “It isn’t enough to hold warm thoughts in our hearts, or just to wish each other well. We are meant to offer real substance to one another, and the ways in which […]

My book review of the LSB as published on Amazon BACKGROUND ~ LSB, British authors & WWII: The letters in the anthology “Letters of the Scattered Brotherhood” were originally written by Anglican priests and other religious leaders of the Anglican Church in the UK during the 6-year buildup to the WWII, and the 7 years of […]

G*D’s view of us from the Contemplative’s perspective

by faithgibson on September 15, 2013

Excerpts from Trappist monk Thomas Merton’s ~ A Book of Hours Beginning on pages 176 and paraphrased ever so slightly Accompanied by photos from “The Best Street Art of 2012” — i.e ordinary cracks in the sidewalk as never seen before! Street artists humanize a crack growing out of a manhole cover into an inspiriting work […]