learning discretion (my thought for the day)

“Discretion calls us to pray

before we speak and act.”

I need to be reminded daily to seek
guidance – to seek discernment.  Daily.


Speaking and Listening

The Way of Spiritual Direction

By Mary L. Fraser

Words that hold also release

like wood ducks whose mother sound

teaches the young to remember and to go;

the sameness gathers, then later, sends.

This is also like black oak whose leaves fall in spring

after the great gab of maple looses in the fall,

and you are knee-deep in brown, yellow, crimson, wondering what is left to say.

Let’s be recovered to ourselves

speaking only what slight edge

opens a new landscape

welcoming us like Jericho when

three days of silence held God’s thought

until the one shout

broke through the walls.

Let us remember this path in the journey of

our lexicon.

I am listening for your intent beneath your

competing emotions

for your possibility hidden in your language.

What do you remember?  Where will you go?

What sound gathers and sends you?

What is the season of your loss, the colors of

your change?

Speak this to me like ducklings or oaks or maples

or Jericho.

Remind me of The One who is Silent, announcing



About hopeseguin

Who am I? I'm still discovering just who I am, I suppose. A. Powell Davis writes that "Life is just a chance to grow a soul."

Posted on June 24, 2009, in Quote of the Day, Spirituality and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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