Thanksgiving address

24 Nov
November 24, 2015

For this week in our month of gratitude, I thought I would share with you the Haudenosaunee Thanksgiving Address. For the complete prayer as well as a history of the prayer see:

This beautiful prayer of the Iroquois Confederacy or Six Nations tribes, gives thanks for all of creation. It begins with:

The People

Today we have gathered and we see that the cycles of life continue. We have been given the duty and responsibility to live in balance and harmony with each other and all living things. So now, we bring our minds together as one as we give our greetings and our thanks to one another as people.

Now our minds are one

May this month of gratitude be only a drop in the well of our gratitude practices throughout the year. Blessings to all and appreciation of all – Kathleen

Stand of Solidarity for Peace….

24 Nov
November 24, 2015

Please join me and other members of the Marylhurst community for a moment of silence and a picture to be shared through Marylhurst’s communications in front of the
Peace Pole outside BP John, Tuesday Nov 24th at 12pm.

In this time of turbulence and turmoil, near and far, let us stand together in solidarity to share our message of Peace on Earth and Good Will Toward All.

Marylhurst Facebook:


Beannacht – Kathleen

Remembering Paris (and Beirut and more) – an Interfaith Candlelit Prayer Vigil

18 Nov
November 18, 2015


SOLATIUM, a music ensemble featuring Marylhurst alumni Michelle Wodtli and Art Viloria with friends, will provide music of comfort, peace, healing and restoration for the soul at an interfaith candlelit prayer vigil. This prayer vigil, sponsored by Marylhurst University Campus Ministry, offers light and love for our collective experience of shock, loss, grief and uncertainty in the aftermath of violence in Paris. All are invited; the public is welcome. Come for all or part, as schedule allows.

6pm-7pm in Flavia Hall.

Here a couple of links (sorry you may have to copy and paste) about the event:

Marylhurst Facebook

Lake Oswego Review

Buddhist Mindfulness – Loving Kindness

16 Nov
November 16, 2015

In the wake of the horrific events that unfolded November 13th in Paris, it is challenging to focus on a prayer of gratitude. Why? Because there are so many other prayers that need to be said for and about these tragic events. Yet as  I sat in my Centering Prayer practice, the Buddhist lovingkindness meditation returned over and over. It is absolutely needed during this time.

Simply put, the lovingkindness meditation nurtures loving feelings for self and family (which might be easier to start with) in order to grow and extend that feeling of lovingkindness towards others, especially one’s enemies.

In order to conquer hate and violence, we need to grow and nurture our love. When put to the test, hopefully we can extend our love, rather than our anger and outrage.

Since I have read Jack Kornfield for years, I am providing his example of the lovingkindness meditation. The following is taken directly from

Peace – Kathleen


Begin with yourself. Breathe gently, and recite inwardly the following traditional phrases directed toward our own well-being. You being with yourself because without loving yourself it is almost impossible to love others.

May I be filled with lovingkindness.

May I be safe from inner and outer dangers.

May I be well in body and mind.

May I be at ease and happy.

After focusing on yourself for five or ten minutes, choose a benefactor, someone in your life who has loved and truly cared for you. Picture this person and carefully recite the same phrases:

May you be filled with lovingkindness.

May you be safe from inner and outer dangers.

May you be well in body and mind.

May you be at ease and happy.

Continue to expand this meditation outwards from yourself (or those whom it is easy for you to feel love) to your neighbors, your community and so on and so on…all the way to Paris and beyond.

Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon

13 Nov
November 13, 2015

There is an interesting lecture coming up next week sponsored by The Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon. For all details, images and more go to their website at

— Thursday, November 19, the 2015 Collins Lecture, “The Gospel of Conquest: Native Americans, Christianity and the Doctrine of Discovery.”

The 2015 Collins Lecture “The Gospel of Conquest” will explore the history of the Doctrine of Discovery—the 15th century basis for European Christian claims to the Americas—and examine its continued influence on relations among church, tribe and state. Native American scholars and spiritual guides will lead us on a journey—rich in ceremony, music, story and shared meals—into the heart of our sacred connection to the ancestral stewards of this land, calling us to reflect and to move forward with hope into future action for the common good. 

Registration: The all day seminar is sold out, but there is still space for the evening lecture. Register securely online for the evening lecture now! To attend the evening lecture only, the cost is $25 general, $15 students, and no cost for Native Americans. Scholarships available; call (503) 221-1054.

Register securely online now.

Schedule: Seminar from 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. and Lecture from 7 to 9:15 p.m.

Location: Trinity Episcopal Cathedral is located at 147 NW 19th Ave., Portland. There is limited parking in lots located on NW 19th Ave., between NW Davis and Everett Streets, and south of the cathedral on NW 19th Ave. For a map and public transit information, visit


“You will be great and you will be full.”

09 Nov
November 9, 2015

If we follow the trail of gratitude, we find there are countless people and events that allowed us the one thing, person or creation for which we are grateful for right now in this moment. And then… there is the Source of All that Is that made it possible in the first place.

This week, I am focusing on this trail of gratitude in my own life. For example,  I am grateful for my dog who looks out at me with loving bright beautiful eyes. My dog is with me because of the  veterinarians and vet technicians over the past fifteen years who have provided care to him. There is the money that I earned because of the people who employed me allowing me to give him the care I did. This is only the beginning of a reflection on the expansive forest of people to whom I owe and give my gratitude for the love I enjoy today with my four-legged. The trail, I know, leads me back to the One who is Creator of all.

This week I share with you a prayer of gratitude from the Guru Granth Sahib, the Sikh holy scripture:

“Dear God, please enlighten me to sing your praise throughout the morning, noon and night. O greatest giver of all, we are very grateful to enjoy the food you provide. Bless us to get rid of our vices by gathering with your disciples. O Nanak, my heart is full of eternal gratitude for the company of enlightened beings.”

If you do not already follow the trail of gratitude, I invite you to begin exploring the path to your forest in regard to only one gift/ blessing that you are most thankful for in this moment – your child, your spouse, your parent, your education, etc. Who fills your forest?


Reflecting on Gratitude….

01 Nov
November 1, 2015

This time of year invites many to turn inward, to reflect on all that they are grateful for in their lives. This self-examination hopefully moves us towards action. For once we see what we already have, we understand we have plenty to give and offer the world. For others the movement towards action occurs first. The willingness to give of time or resources stimulates the awareness of plenty in their own lives. This is the flow of gratitude. Gratitude is never for ourselves alone. It is what can and does unite us with all  Creation if we allow ourselves to accept that there is this flow.

There are many ways to reflect on gratitude, appreciation, giving thanks, and grace. There are countless skillful writers who already offer there approach to the meaning, practice and art of gratitude. I am grateful there are so many people to turn to with their ideas and insights.

My offering throughout the month of November are prayers / intentions that may reflect the wellspring of gratitude as expressed in different religious or spiritual traditions.

Within the Celtic spiritual tradition all life is gift. One blesses God and neighbor for what has been freely given. Blessings become expressions of heartfelt appreciation and thankfulness for what already is.  The following prayer comes from The Celtic Way of Prayer: The Recovery of the Religions Imagination by Esther de Waal.

Bless to me, O God,
The earth beneath my foot,

Bless to me, O God,
  The path whereon I go;
Bless to me, O God,
the thing of my desire;
Thou Evermore of evermore,
Bless Thou to me my rest.

Bless to me the thing
  Whereon is set my mind,
Bless to me the thing
  Whereon is set my love;
Bless to me the thing
  Whereon is set my hope;
    O Thou King of kings
Bless Thou to me mine eye!

What is the ‘thing’ in your life that inspires your hopes, your dreams? From where did it come? When did you first notice it?


Interfaith Dialogue – You’re Invited!

26 Oct
October 26, 2015

The following is taken from the flier announcing a talk with Sr. Cecilia Ranger, SNJM, PhD on Tuesday November 17th in the auditorium at Mary’s Woods at 2:30pm.

One of the most significant meetings in the USA during 2015.

The first 1893 Parliament of World Religions met in Chicago to consider together ways Religions of the World could address the issues of the day. Since then the Parliament has met every few years in Cape Towne, Barcelona, Melbourne, and other major cities.

This 2015 Parliament at the Salt Palace in Salt Lake City addressed such issues as:

  • Contributions of NGOs at the UN
  • Action on Climate Change
  • Widening Wealth Gap
  • Hate Speech, Violence, War
  • Dignity and Human Rights of Women
  • Proposals of Indigenous People Throughout the World
  • Emerging Leadership

Speakers were outstanding! The Dalai Lama had to be flown home because of illness, but he sent a video. Karen Armstrong and so many women speakers left us awestruck. Many speakers said of the encyclical: “Pope Francis wrote it to all of us.”

Numerous daily worship services were offered at 7:00 a.m. The Sikhs provided free daily LANGAR, a vegetarian lunch for all attendees who wished to join them. Catholics were transported by bus to Cathedral of the Madeleine for Saturday Vigil at 5:00.

Sister Cecilia Ranger attended; she will share this once-in-a-lifetime experience, Mary’s Woods Auditorium, November 17, Tuesday, 2:30 pm


08 Oct
October 8, 2015

Our school year has begun, rich and full with hope and possibilities. New and returning students are welcomed with joy. They pursue educations that will have a positive impact on this world.

This week we celebrated the birthday of Blessed Marie-Rose Durocher, founder of the Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary. From them we received our beloved university.

Yet there is also the wisp of sadness and grief. There is a school 170 miles south of us, Umpqua Community College, where profound, senseless tragedy occurred. The awe and power of Nature struck most recently in South Carolina. Violence continues abroad through bombings in Iraq, the persecution of refugees, and the senseless destruction of a Doctors Without Borders medical center in Kunduz, Afghanistan.

Lives of entire communities, world-wide, are changed forever, every day.

This week as I sat in the Meditation Room in Marian Hall I turned to the words of Blessed Marie-Rose Durocher. The following quote is framed on the south wall:

“Since we tread along the same way let us extend our hand to one another to help surmount the difficulties which present themselves”

I can think of no better words at this time. What words have come to you at the beginning of this new school year?

Do you believe? Why or Why Not?

“Some of the most reverent people I know decline to call themselves religious. For them, religion connotes belief. It means being able to say what you believe about God and why. It also means being able to hold your own in a debate with someone who believes otherwise. They, meanwhile, are not sure what they believe. They do not want to debate anyone. The longer they stand before the holy of holies, the less adequate their formulations of faith seem to them. Angels reach down and shut their mouths”    Barbara Taylor Brown “An Altar in the World”