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The Bright Field   Leave a comment

Early morning 6 am

“The Bright Field”
“I have seen the sun break through
to illuminate a small field
for a while, and gone my way
and forgotten it. But that was the pearl
of great price, the one field that had
the treasure in it. I realize now
that I must give all that I have
to possess it. Life is not hurrying
on to a receding future, nor hankering after
an imagined past. It is the turning
aside like Moses to the miracle
of the burning bush, to a brightness
that seemed as transitory as your youth
once, but is the eternity that awaits you.”

Source:  R. S. Thomas

Posted February 25, 2016 by ouidaofs in Joy, Love, The Tree of Life

Broken as Bread   Leave a comment

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When I moved back to Oxford, MS, where I was born, and entered the farm land where I would live, onto the property that was once my great-grandparents, “It was like a church to me. I entered it on soft foot, breath held like a cap in the hand. It was quiet. What God there was made himself felt . . . I walked on, simple and poor, while the air crumbled and broke on me generously as bread.”

The Moor
It was like a church to me.
I entered it on soft foot,
Breath held like a cap in the hand.
It was quiet.
What God there was made himself felt,
Not listened to, in clean colours
That brought a moistening of the eye,
In a movement of the wind over grass.
There were no prayers said. But stillness
Of the heart’s passions – that was praise
Enough; and the mind’s cession
Of its kingdom. I walked on,
Simple and poor, while the air crumbled
And broke on me generously as bread.
~ From the Collected Poems of R. S. Thomas


Posted February 25, 2016 by ouidaofs in Joy, Peace

The River Over Which Every Soul Must Pass   Leave a comment


Christ of Saint John of the Cross by Salvador Dalí

And I saw the river over which every soul must pass to reach the kingdom of heaven and the name of that river was suffering and I saw a boat which carries souls across the river and the name of that boat was love.

St. John of the Cross


Drawing by St. John of the Cross

Posted November 12, 2015 by ouidaofs in Joy, Love, Peace, Suffering

True and Perfect Joy   Leave a comment

“True and perfect joy means enduring even painful circumstances, failure, and rejection with patience and love, without losing heart. This has been the lesson of Christian spiritual teachers from the apostles onward. The ground of this joy-inducing love remains what it always has been: Jesus alone, to whom we must look with attentiveness, gladness, and hope.” ~David Rensberger

Saint Francis and the Leper


Posted December 6, 2014 by ouidaofs in Joy, Saint Francis

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Soaring into Total Joy   Leave a comment

 Fall Oxford
Photo from John Cofield

I had a wonderful, happy dream this morning. I dreamed it was a beautiful fall day. I was in Oxford, MS, on University Avenue, in a yard next door to my Church. The sun was shining, temperature perfect and the leaves were gorgeous colors, in the trees and on the ground. And I was levitating, rising from the ground and soaring through the air, playing and rolling, full of joy. On the one hand, I knew I was dreaming but also believed I was not. I believed that I was really experiencing these things and then also believed that when I woke up, I would be able to rise from the ground and soar through the air by a mere decision to do so. I could see myself and feel myself experiencing not being earthbound. More than anything, I was completely happy and loved being.

Was this a vision of things to come, when I join the angels?

Posted November 13, 2014 by ouidaofs in Dreams, Joy, Love

Beethoven’s “Ode to Joy” – Spain   Leave a comment

“Flashmob performances haven’t been a fresh concept for some time. And they’ve been somewhat taken over by corporations during recent years. But that doesn’t stop viewers from enjoying the performances, whether in person or on the web. Take this recent example orchestrated by the financially-challenged Spanish bank, Banco Sabadell.

“Earlier this summer, the bank brought together 100 musicians and singers from the Orchestra Simfonica del Valles,Amics de l’Opera de Sabadell,Coral Belles Arts, and Cor Lieder Camera to perform the anthem of the European Union — Beethoven’s “Ode to Joy” from his Symphony No. 9. It all happens in the Plaça de Sant Roc in Sabadell, Spain, a little north of Barcelona. Perhaps this will put a smile on your face. Maybe you’ll even shed a tear. One way or another, make sure you turn up your speakers….

“For more flashmob classical performances see:

Copenhagen Philharmonic Plays Ravel’s Bolero at Train Station

Copenhagen Philharmonic Plays Grieg’s Peer Gynt in the Subway

Opera in the Fruit & Veggie Market



Posted November 16, 2013 by ouidaofs in Joy, Music

Sister Mary Veronica Miceli, O.P.   Leave a comment

October 13, 1929 – March 12, 2013 New Orleans, Louisiana

What wonderful memories I have of Sr. Veronica. I smile at the mention of her name as encounters with her, whether at a conference, retreat, in her office, at the grocery store or the last time, at Our Lady of Wisdom Healthcare Center, always was an experience of joy and laughter. She was a great teacher, filled with the Holy Spirit and love of our Lord. She was a fun person, and I see her dancing eyes before me now. Eternal rest, grant unto Sr. Veronica, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon her.


Sister Mary Veronica Miceli, O.P., age 83 and in her 65th year of religious profession, died on Tuesday, March 12, 2013 at Our Lady of Wisdom Healthcare Center. Sister Mary Veronica was born Marie Margaret Miceli in Baton Rouge, Louisiana and was a life-long resident of New Orleans, Louisiana. She was the daughter of the late Samuel A. Miceli, Sr. and Josephine Perino Miceli, and sister of the late Angelo J. Miceli. Sister Mary Veronica earned a Bachelor of Arts in History from St. Mary’s Dominican College, a Master’s Degree in History from St. Louis University, and a Ph. D. in History from Tulane University. After professing her vows as a Dominican Sister in 1948, Sister taught at elementary schools in Cottonport, Reserve, Bunkie and New Orleans, Louisiana. Thereafter, Sister Mary Veronica was a long-time, beloved history teacher at Dominican High School and a professor of history at Dominican College. Following her retirement from teaching, Sister dedicated herself to other ministries for many years, including giving retreats and days of recollection across Louisiana and particularly at the Dominican Retreat House in Rosaryville, Louisiana and the Center for Jesus Christ the Lord in New Orleans; acting as liaison to the Dominican Laity; and serving on the Archdiocese of New Orleans Metropolitan Tribunal for annulments. Sister brought joyful exuberance to every aspect of her life and to everyone she met, and had a special love of the Blessed Mother. She enjoyed food and travel, especially her many trips to Italy and Medjugorje, often in the company of her beloved parents. Sister is survived by her brother, Samuel A. Miceli, Jr., whom she adored, and many devoted nieces, nephews, grand-nieces, grand-nephews, cousins and many loving friends.

Mass of the Resurrection will be celebrated by Fr. Leo A. Nicoll, S.J. at Lake Lawn Funeral Home, 5100 Pontchartrain Blvd., New Orleans, La. 70124 on Monday, March 18, 2013 at 11:00 o’clock a.m., followed by interment in Metairie Cemetery. Visitation will begin at 9:00 o’clock a.m. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The National Centre for Padre Pio, Inc., 111 Barto Road, Barto, PA 19504

Posted July 19, 2013 by ouidaofs in Holy Spirit, Joy, Peace, Prayer

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