Ah Silent Wounded Sufferer


Silent Wounded Sufferer

Breathe – slowly – in-then-out – deep cleansing breaths

Ah Sweet Nectar


How? How have I …

Is it the endless excavating

Is it the see-through smoke of a trillion stacks and pipes

Is it the warm air that keeps me comfy on this cool spring morning


Ah Keeper of the Vineyard


How? How have I …

Is it the use of the names for colors to define-divide-destroy

Is it the endless bombing of distant faceless lands that are not our home

Is it my careless us of words that pierce another’s side


Ah Beloved Gazelle


How? How have I …

Is it the preoccupation of numbers and letters; DJIA NASDAQ STOXX 600

It is the lust for speed all shiny red with leather seats

Is it that I’m afraid to bring you home to my mother, my friends, myself


Ah Lily Gatherer


How? How have I …

Is it that our eyes are closed to the way You surround the homeless ones with love

Is it that our ears are shut when you call the names of those bullied beaten and forgotten

Is it that I am numb


Ah Heart Seal


How? How have I …

Ah Heart Seal


Ah Heart Seal

Your love flows out watering my parched garden


Yet I …

Oh breath – please breath – my Beloved

I cannot live without you.



Words: Ninabeth Metcalf on Good Friday 2017

Photo Credit:  Lamentation by Matthais Grunewald, 1525

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How Compassion Came to Live Among Us


Words by Ninabeth Metcalf,

Artwork: detail from Epocha by Tim Metcalf  Find Tim’s artwork here


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Sent Out

Adam and Eve in the Garden

Adam and Eve in the Garden

And he was amazed at their unbelief. Then he went about among the villages teaching. He called the twelve and began to send them out two by two, and gave them authority over the unclean spirits. He ordered them to take nothing for their journey except a staff; no bread, no bag, no money in their belts; but to wear sandals and not to put on two tunics. He said to them, “Wherever you enter a house, stay there until you leave the place. If any place will not welcome you and they refuse to hear you, as you leave, shake off the dust that is on your feet as a testimony against them.”  So they went out and proclaimed that all should repent.   ~The Gospel of Mark 6:6-12

I’m in the process of moving.

I’ve been moving for the last 8 years.

At times I seem to crawl. At other times I move too quick to catch my breath.

I’m moving – physically – mentally – spiritually.

I’m packing and unpacking all that is dear and displeasing.

I’ve jammed my old lucrative career into overflowing plastic bins, sitting stationary on the studio floor. I’m indecisive whether to repack it for storage or to just let it go. Let it become a memory – a story that defines but does not limit who I am.

I am moving and I do not need the things I used to need.

I am shaking the dust off of my feet. It’s not that in the past they didn’t listen to me or like what I said –I simply was not speaking the right language. I spoke a language of me and more – of self and consumption – rather than a language of we and gifting.

This new language did not happen suddenly in a flash of insight rather it is happening on this long walk, with a community of believers that I am blessed to be part of.

Jesus called the twelve to leave things behind – extra tunics, bread, bags and money. Rely on the hospitality of community he said. Be vulnerable to others and in turn heal them!

So, I too leave things behind, hoping that they do not cause others to stumble.

I follow the path of discard – humility – self-forgetfulness

What courage they who go ahead of me must have to be sent out into service for the world.

In service to the world that we were born into on day six.

Radically reoriented.

Claiming the bond of reciprocity.

Jesus sent the twelve out two by two – in community.

We are called by God to work in community.

We are sent out in community to encourage others to turn from that which brings suffering towards the abundant life of Love.

So we find ourselves moving – moving into a world that needs less and less but gives more and more.

A flourishing withering world shimmering in diversity connected through community.

We are invited in our de-creation to re-create.

To move in our imaginations into potentials.

Our ministry together is waiting to be unpacked in a tumble of words and images.

Words upon words vying for space in our new life.

Image upon image breaking in to inspire new ways of being.

On the edge of recognition new possibilities wait.

A new day is dawning full of gratitude and care.

A new awareness of the place in which we move.

Awakening to the home I have always been in, a world of wonder and awe, basking in Love.

Lord, your summons echoes true when you but call our name. Let us turn and follow you and never be the same. In your company we’ll go where your love and footsteps show. Thus we’ll move and live and grow in you and you in us.[1]

We are moving.

Thanks be to God.

[1][1] Paraphrase of the last verse of “The Summons” TFWS#2130

Photo Credit:

Octateuch fol. 43v., 12th century, tempera on parchment. Topkapi Palace Museum, Istanbul, Marmara, Turkey. Minneapolis College of Art and Design.

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Laudato si’ – The integral text of Pope Francis’ Encyclical on care for our common home







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Press Release of the presentation of Laudato Sii

5th & 6th Day of Creation

5th & 6th Day of Creation

Your Eminences, Your Excellencies, distinguished guests, distinguished representatives of the media, all who are following by radio and television and on internet, ladies and gentlemen, dear friends, First of all, I greet all of you warmly on behalf of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace, which is honoured to have been called to assist the Holy Father in his teaching ministry by helping to prepare the Encyclical Letter Laudato si’.

A very cordial welcome to the presenters, who are:

– His Eminence, the Metropolitan of Pergamo, John Zizioulas, representing the Ecumenical Patriarch of the Orthodox Church, who will speak to us of the theology and spirituality with which the Encyclical opens and closes.

– Prof. John Schellnhuber, founder and director of the Postdam Institute for Climate Impact Research. He represents the natural sciences, with which the Encyclical enters into in-depth dialogue. Congratulations on his nomination as a full member of the Pontifical Academy of Sciences which also contributed significantly to the Encyclical.

– Prof. Carolyn Woo, President of Catholic Relief Services and former dean of the Mendoza College of Business at Notre Dame University. She represents the economic, financial, business and commercial sectors whose responses to the major environmental challenges are so crucial.

– The teacher Valeria Martano, from Rome, has taught in the outlying areas of Rome for 20 years. She is a witness of human and environmental degradation as well as such “best practices” as are a sign of hope.

Their presence and what they say will remind us that, from the very beginning, the Encyclical Laudato si’ on care for our common home brings into dialogue all people, organizations and institutions that share this same concern. They address different perspectives, but the world situation leads us to discover that these perspectives are ever more intertwined and complementary: the riches of faith and of spiritual tradition, the seriousness of scientific research, the concrete efforts at various levels, all for an equitable and sustainable development.

“When we speak of the “environment”, what we really mean is a relationship existing between nature and the  society which lives in it. Nature cannot be regarded as something separate from ourselves or as a mere setting  in which we live. We are part of nature, included in it and thus in constant interaction with it. Getting to the  reasons why a given area is polluted requires a study of the workings of society, its economy, its behaviour
patterns, the ways it grasps reality, and so forth. Given the scale of change, it is no longer possible to find a  specific, discrete answer for each part of the problem. It is essential to seek comprehensive solutions that  consider the interactions within natural systems themselves and with social systems. We are not faced with two  separate crises, one environmental and the other social, but rather one complex crisis that is both social and
environmental. Strategies for a solution demand an integrated approach to combating poverty, restoring dignity  to the underprivileged, and at the same time protecting nature”.

~ Pope Francis

The individual presentations are contained in the attached pdf. Scroll down the pdf for English translations.


Holy See bulletin on 6.18.2015 about the encyclical Laudato Sii

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God’s Gift of the Earth

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Pope Francis and the Environment: Why His New Climate Encyclical Matters

5th & 6th Day of Creation

5th & 6th Day of Creation

 Yale will sponsor a panel on the Papal Encyclical on Wednesday April 8 at 5:30pm entitled “Pope Francis and the Environment: Why His New Climate Encyclical Matters.” Participants include John Grim, Peter Crane, Mary Evelyn Tucker, Margaret Farley, Dekila Chungyalpa, Doug Kysar, and Greg Sterling. This event will be broadcast via livestream. It is sponsored by Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, Yale Divinity School, and the Forum on Religion and Ecology at Yale. For more, visit: https://environment.yale.edu/news/article/pope-francis-and-the-environment-why-his-new-climate-encyclical-matters

Photo Credit: fol. 1 v of the Morgan Crusader Bible (aka. Shah Abbas Bible; Maciejowki Old Testament) Pierpont Morgan Library New York

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Compassion in Action: Buddhism and the Environment


Yale will host an important event on Tuesday April 7 at 4pm. His Holiness the 17th Karmapa, Ogyen Trinley Dorje, will give the Chubb Fellowship Lecture on “Compassion in Action: Buddhism and the Environment.” Afterwards Andrew Quintman and Mary Evelyn Tucker will interview him. This event is free and open to the public. It will be live streamed. For more, visit: http://chubbfellowship.org/. The event will also be live streamed on the Karmapa’s official webcast page at http://kagyuoffice.org/webcast/

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Once Again in the Garden


Jesus's face is wiped by Veronica

In the distance

loud hosannas fade

saving no one

but themselves

A deepening No

flees from the Light

thrusting the kneeling One

beyond comfort beyond knowing

beyond fear

ensuing madness deepens

crimson tears flow

Whispering Wind

silently encouraging, enticing, enfolding

as the kneeling One stands

arms wide open

Heart exposed


Photo Credit: Ninabeth Metcalf;
The Stations of the Cross Prayer Garden, sculpture by Gib Singleton
The Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi, Santa Fe, NM
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Where wild things are ~ a poem by Steve Garnaas-Holmes

Harold Weston , Wilderness-Marcy, Dvorak New World Symphony, Largo

Harold Weston , Wilderness-Marcy, Dvorak New World Symphony, Largo

    The Spirit immediately drove him out into the wilderness.
He was in the wilderness forty days, tempted by Satan;
and he was with the wild beasts; and the angels waited on him.

—Mark 1.12-13

drive me out
into my solitude,
my desolations,
my discomfort.

Set me down
among the wild beasts,
fears and hungers
pawing around inside me.

Put me at peace with them,
not the master but the saved,
the one to be tamed,
to listen to them,
lie down among them,
and go my way,
to my feral innocence.

They will roam my wilderness,
I will learn their eyes,
I will live differently.

Among them,
who also answer,
are angels who attend
to those who wander there
so that we will.

~  Steve Garnaas-Holmes
Unfolding Light



Harold Weston , Wilderness-Marcy, Dvorak New World Symphony, Largo, 1922, Oil on canvas. Museum of Fine Arts, Boston


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