Salsify

"May there be a little light in our darkness, a little faith in our doubt, a little joy in our sorrow, a little life in our dying, a little hope in our sadness, a little courage in our fear and a little
slow in our hurry."
- Macrina Wiederkehr,
Jesus and the Bent over woman
Wheelbarrow of Gathered Roses

“The most precious gift we can offer anyone is our attention. When mindfulness embraces those we love, they will blossom like flowers.”
- Thích Nhất Hạnh
Spirit as a wild goose

[For Celtic Christians] "The Holy Spirit was symbolized by the wild goose. Doves were docile and delicate, but the wild goose was untamable, free, and unpredictable. Instead of a soft
coo, the wild goose was noisy and raucous. And it seemed always to be on the move —
Searching for Truth

“If you look for truth, you may find comfort in the end; if you look for comfort you will not get either comfort or truth only soft soap and wishful thinking to begin, and in the end, despair.”
- C.S. Lewis,
Autumn Leaf

"The glory yet to be revealed comes in the dying."
-Barbara Schwarz OP
Remember

"Live life to the full."
- Barbara Schwarz OP
Heads bowed remembering

"Losses remembered. The promise of new life hangs in the balance." - Barbara Schwarz OP
Cracked

"Try as we can to fill the cracks in our hearts, we must open ourselves to God to do the heavy lifting." - Barbara Schwarz OP
First Snow on Trees

"Winter blankets us with time to remember and tell the stories that sustain." - Barbara Schwarz OP
Ice Dancing

"A puddle frozen shows the rhythm of life frozen in time."
- Barbara Schwarz OP
Evergreen

"The winter promise of life to come – evergreen!"
- Barbara Schwarz OP
Harvest time

When the harvest is plenty, why are so many people left
hungry? - Barbara Schwarz OP
Lamentation

Tears flow and so too the anger at loss.
Peace seems a question.
Can we trust God with our anger and pain? - Barbara Schwarz OP
Just us chickens

Our fears hold us back. It is sometimes like an unwritten
agreement not to recognize our gifts or how loved each
person is by God. How can we help each other to know
who we are is a blessing? - Barbara Schwarz OP
Living Praying Hands

The mysteries rang true in daily life as bead by bead she
prayed for a broken world.
- Barbara Schwarz OP
Old Hands with Office book

Sometimes the only thing one can do is pray! - Barbara Schwarz OP
Casting Nets

Jesus called “Cast your nets on the other side!”
As disciples perhaps we too are called to recognize
“the other side” may actually bring us life.
 - Barbara Schwarz OP
Passing Through

A stone portal reminds us of where we have been
Passing through will take us to new places.
Do we have the courage to move on?
- Barbara Schwarz OP
Ice melt

The ice lace gives way to ice melt
And the disappearance into nothingness?
No, ice melt can transform into life waters.
All are connected.
- Barbara Schwarz OP
This Earth Moment is in Our Hands
"Climate change can only be stopped by our changing."
- Barbara Schwarz, OP,
field of daffodils

VanGogh’s “Starry Starry Night”
gives way to starry starry day as
daffodils proclaim springtime!
- Barbara Schwarz OP
A snail's pace

Why do we expect change to happen rapidly?
We don’t really know the outcomes.
May we have the snail’s patience.
- Barbara Schwarz OP
flowerfall

Arching overhead
Blossoms flowerfall into spring.
What are our overarching creative ideas
That will bring new life?
- Barbara Schwarz OP
mUNCH MUNCH

The monarch caterpillar focuses
on what feeds its growth.
What feeds our growth?
- Barbara Schwarz OP
Anticipation

What do you need to fly?
- Barbara Schwarz OP
Immersion

"Be immersed in the dance of the trinity and all will be well."
- Barbara Schwarz OP
The garden Gate

"All is prepared in welcome. Will you come and celebrate the fountain of all life?"
- Barbara Schwarz OP
Make way for the blooming
"God calls us to notice:
Here I am
Make way.
I am with you!"
- Barbara Schwarz OP
"Carrying a pack -lost hopes and dreams
A labor of love.
The woman sets out for new horizons.
Strength and faith lead the way."
- Barbara Schwarz OP
The Ripple Effect
"Can we even know
what ripples our lives make?
Can we help each other see?"
- Barbara Schwarz, OP
Life below
"So much happens beneath the surface of our daily existence
Our depths are filled with color and God life
Waiting to be revealed. Can we take the time to look?"
- Barbara Schwarz, OP
The Colors of the Day
"Simplicity —
Colors
Faded
And our beauty?"
- Barbara Schwarz OP
Spiraling Blossom

"The daily unfolding has a beauty of its own
As time slowly blossoms into full flower."
- Barbara Schwarz, OP,
The Holy One
“Are you the one who is to come or should we look for another?"
- Barbara Schwarz, OP,
The ripe fruit of Summer
"There is nothing like homegrown tomatoes.
Store bought, taste it.
The love and care of tending makes all the difference."
- Barbara Schwarz, OP
wisewomanspeaks
"Sophia Wisdom
Wound with the turnings of time and space
Wound with the experience of the center hollow
Hallowed by God’s presence.
May we have the courage to act on your words.
May we learn from you."
- Barbara Schwarz, OP
Jesus Sleeping on the bench at Sts. Peter's & Paul in Detroit.

"Do we ignore the commonplace plight of the homeless or sit pondering why and what to do?"
- Barbara Schwarz OP
waiting to set sail
"The boats bob waiting
For those with the courage to set sail.
Live the dreams."
- Barbara Schwarz, OP
Sometimes all one can do is pray!
- Barbara Schwarz OP
Roses with Morning Dew
"Seasons change —
But like the morning dew
Cling to all that is good and beautiful
Praise God!"
- Barbara Schwarz, OP,
Marsh at Sunset
"Colors paint the marsh
And I, like the heron, was lucky enough to see it."
- Barbara Schwarz, OP,
Walking in Remembrance
"Those who go before us light our way.
We remember them with each step we take."
- Barbara Schwarz OP
 Shell mandala
"Bless the waters that quench the thirst of the land.
Bless the people who suffer raging storms.
Bless those who use water wisely tending the future."
- Barbara Schwarz OP
leaves holding fast

Leaves hold fast
Soon to drop all but their legacy
What footprints will we leave on the earth?
- Barbara Schwarz OP
Harvest time

"When the harvest is plenty, why are so many people left hungry?"
- Barbara Schwarz OP
MIlkweed

How do you disperse the seeds of the gospel?
- Barbara Schwarz OP
Turkey at attention

Stand in plain sight and maybe they won't see you.
- Barbara Schwarz OP
Floral Mandala

."Circling round the beauty brings us deeper into the center. What is important in our lives?"
- Barbara Schwarz OP
Refugees

"Living in overcrowded tents,
Dependant on others for aid.
We ask not for a kingdom but for a home!"
Crystal beauty
"One at a time the crystals form
And the collective beauty fills our windows.
How can anyone say one person doesn't make a difference in
the collective atmosphere of being we call Earth?"
Love sustains

Joseph was not a passive witness to the birth of the child.
Mary and Joseph peered in each others’ eyes
And knew a love that sustained them.
Let us fill our celebrations of Christ’s birth
with love that sustains our family of earth!
Fern Christmas Forest

"A forest of ferns stand as witness
 like miniature Christmas trees.
 How does your life stand as witness to Jesus Christ?"
Winter circle

"Winter brings us full circle to discover what is central in our lives."
Can you see the way the world is headed?
Can you stop the tides that seek to destroy?
Can you and I see how we play a part
and make a change for the sake of earth our home?
I leave you color
As winter’s chill surrounds.
I leave you hope
In glory yet to be revealed.
Warm yourself
In the true colors of loving.
Dialogue

"Face to face we begin to be together as one."
- Barbara Schwarz OP
 Footsteps left behind

Where do you come from?
Where are you going?
Footsteps to nowhere.
What do your footsteps leave behind?
- Barbara Schwarz OP
Passing through the in Between

We are ever in between
what is and what is yet to be.
Let us believe in the crossing.
Migration the New Exodus
One does not seek to be a refugee.
Desparation
Hunger 
Violence
Safety
Are the driving force.
A sense of possiblity  
Moves people
In solidarity
Despite the cost of smugglers
    The dangers of the journey
            Fear for the little ones
In faith they move
With hope.
-
Ice daisies playing in the snow

"Never saw hide and seek
With daisies in the snow.
The joyful play reminds me to notice
And take time to play."
- Barbara Schwarz OP
"This is the Promised Land?"
On the other side
Barbed wire
Refugee camps
Lines for water and food
The kinship kindnesses
Of those in between
The dark realities
Death
Fears
Waiting for a welcome
Hidden in the shadows
Longing simply for a home
And safety for children and families
Are they not our huma
Crosses
In a world of so many crosses we believe in the One who raised Jesus Christ from the dead.
- Barbara Schwarz OP
Daffy Smiles

Oh I wait for those daffy smiles
that let me know spring is really coming!
- Barbara Schwarz OP
A Snail's pace

Why do we expect change to happen rapidly?
We don’t really know the outcomes.
May we have the snail’s patience.
- Barbara Schwarz OP
Crocus proclaiming "Hopes of Spring"

"I stand poking out to proclaim, 'Hopes of Spring!'"
- Barbara Schwarz OP
Title: The Azaela bloometh
With the propriety of a mansion planting
The pink and red flowers join in a communal bloom
Gladdening the heart and singing for joy!
- Barbara Schwarz OP
Apple blossoms

"There is a reason why most motherhouse
grounds had orchards — to make visible the growth in
the Spirit in ourselves and in those to and with whom we
minister."
- Barbara Schwarz OP
Magnify the blessings

Raindrops magnify the smallest blessings within me. Magnify the blessings in your life!"
- Barbara Schwarz OP
Tortoises slowing down for conversation.

"Diplomacy can seem to happen so slowly
As talks drag on, but maybe the wisdom of the tortoise
is nothing happens yesterday. It takes time."
- Barbara Schwarz OP
With open hands
"Hands outstretched
Opening to possibilities
In the midst of the impossible only God can mend."
- Barbara Schwarz, OP,
A wheelbarrow of gathered roses

"The most precious gift we can offer anyone is our attention. When mindfulness embraces those we love, they will blossom like flowers."
- Thích Nhất Hạnh
Spring forth in hope Planting the future Inside and in the fields. Hope that will feed us Even now.
- Barbara Schwarz OP
Sunset through a dandelion
My seeds long for sunrises
And fertile ground.
As the sun sets I send wishes
as the child who blew the seeds around with joy.
What seeds do you hope to set free?"
- Barbara Schwarz OP
I am diversity
"I come from all over
In many colors
In cultures too numerous to mention.
I await your welcome
- Barbara Schwarz OP
Remember

Live life to the full
- Barbara Schwarz OP
Sometimes

Sometimes all we can do is pray
- Barbara Schwarz OP
Dragonfly
"Where will we find peace
And rest from all the pain
That seems impossibly broken?"
- Barbara Schwarz OP
What gets our attention?

"Rows at attention
Watching
Guarding.
What gets our attention?"
- Barbara Schwarz OP

Water Bubbles
"The water bubbles up like from a trumpet flower
Trying to wash all with hope."
- Barbara Schwarz OP
Storm at Sea
"We go from storm to storm
Can we trust one another?
Can we trust that God will help us find a way?"
- Barbara Schwarz OP
Labrynth
"Walking meditation — round we go
tracing a certain path to the center
And back again.
May we have the strength to open our heart's center."
- Barbara Schwarz OP
Passing Through
"A stone portal reminds us of where we have been
Passing through will take us to new places.
Do we have the courage to move on?"
- Barbara Schwarz, OP,
Life in the cracks

"Life is found in the cracks
moving us beyond our boxed visions
and breaking our limitations."
- Barbara Schwarz OP
Heads bowed remembering
"Losses remembered. The promise of new life hangs in the balance."- Barbara Schwarz OP
Caught in the waters of Time

"Leaves in their glory
Caught in the waters of time
Crackling like glass
We are people in a moment
Holding just a piece of it in our vision."
- Barbara Schwarz OP
Rough Waters
"Waters wash clean the unsettled within —
What do our waters need to purge inside?"
Harvest time

"When the harvest is plenty, why are so many people left hungry?"
- Barbara Schwarz OP
Golden beauty

"With a burst of brilliant color
Leaves remind us that the end
Is only a beginning!"
Cracked
"Try as we can to fill the cracks in our hearts, we must open ourselves to God to do the heavy lifting."
- Barbara Schwarz OP
Beauty Inspires
"As the roses touch our hearts with beauty
they inspire us to give praise to God."
- Barbara Schwarz OP
Kingfisher
"Watch.
Notice everything with the eyes of God
Contemplation in action
As the kingfisher waits."
ice dancing
"A puddle frozen shows the rhythm of life frozen in time."
- Barbara Schwarz, OP,
"At the river’s edge
We sometimes wonder what is up and what is down.
Winter reminds us of the depth
of our everyday.
Can you see it?"
 Barbara Schwarz OP
Promoting Dialogue

"What if we talked together
instead of at one another —
Building bridges of hope?"
 Barbara Schwarz OP
Justice Rising
"Seeds of Justice an be planted deep
by our recognizing that the inner and outer are connected.
No thing can happen except in connection."
 Barbara Schwarz OP
Foggy Dawn

"My brain may be foggy
about solutions to the world’s problems,
But like the sunrise over the farm
Hopefully the fog will burn off to birth a new vision"
Frozen Crystals
One by one crystals
Join to link with each other
Diversity
Bringing beauty and unity
If we could only do the same.
- Barbara Schwarz OP
Broken House
What to do when the house is broken
and there seems no way to mend?
Can we stand together and make a home for all?" 
-Barbara Schwarz OP
ice dreams
"Frozen colors unite
in dreams that need thawing
under the light of compassion."
FIELD OF dAFFODILS

"VanGogh’s 'Starry Starry Night' gives way to starry starry day as daffodils proclaim springtime!"
Signs of Morning

Peeking out from under
Small signs
Shine with hope
As we stand for the truth and light."
Open Apple Blossom

"Bursting with Joy
Life reminds us there Is a future
Full of hope If we believe. •
Munch munch crunch crunch

"The monarch caterpillar focuses
on what feeds its growth.
What feeds our growth?"
Simple Wonders

"The red blossoms
Take center stage
To announce spring.
What in our lives announces new life?"
anticipation
what will help us to fly?
Beached

Leaning on the beach
This boat sits in solidarity for the day
When small boats will not be overloaded with refugees
And people will reach out to each other with compassion.
The Daily Grind

"Old gears move slowly with the wisdom of contemplation. Where are we going? Why rush there?"

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