Prayers and Reflections

Where two or more are gathered…

This is a space where I share prayers that have touched me, and I hope they inspire you as well.

I have also included some of my articles and papers in relation to my spiritual journey.

Please feel free to pray, reflect, and share with me in the comments section. I would love to hear from you.

Peace to you always!

~Darlene

Pilgrims: Keep Walking

Pilgrims: Keep Walking

Our story of the Camino Ignaciano By Christine Jurisich & Darlene Carlson When you commit to a journey of faith, you are on a lifelong pilgrimage, persevering through the ups and downs of life step-by-step. You are forever a pilgrim walking into the light. That is...

Eastering

Eastering

The world and time and all created by God are eastering and rising up to life again. The universe and all of us are the result of unbearable tenderness, and we are laced and threaded With everlasting life that cannot and will not ever be undone. Hope surrounds and...

Do not fear…

Do not fear…

Discover God in noticing that small can be powerful. Do not fear, for I am with you, do not be afraid, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my victorious right hand. ~Isaiah 41:10

Your Sacred Journey

Your Sacred Journey

Discover God in the blessing of your birth, the beginning of a sacred story. “Your life is nothing more than a love story. Between you and God. Nothing more. Every person, every experience, every gift, every loss, every pain is sent to your path for one reason and one...

Presents… Presence…

Presents… Presence…

Present time, present time...what can it be, what can it be? This was a little jingle my daughter used to sing on her birthday and at Christmas. Who doesn’t enjoy watching a loved one open a gift and the feeling of giving the perfect gift? The buildup is always part...

St. Teresa of Avila – The Interior Castle

St. Teresa of Avila – The Interior Castle

The soul.  Saint Teresa of Avila begins her famous book about the soul’s progress in prayer and virtue by lamenting how little effort many people make to care for their immortal souls. She states that “faith tells us that we possess souls” made in the image and...

Patience in the Threshold

Patience in the Threshold

I created this reflection and ritual for Pause & Pray, an online retreat for Retreat Reflect Renew. I hope this helps you to love the questions as Rilke says and gives you rest in God's care during transition, that place of threshold. We continue this time of...

Go To The Limits Of Your Longing by Rilke

Go To The Limits Of Your Longing by Rilke

God speaks to each of us as God makes us, Then walks with us silently out of the night. These are the words we dimly hear: You, sent out beyond your recall, Go to the limits of your longing. Embody me. Flare up like flame And make big shadows I can move in. Let...

Merge Mercy with Might

Merge Mercy with Might

Merciful God, help us to embody the faith, courage, and love of those who have led us to this moment. May we have the faith to trust that we can become an anti-racist society. May we have the courage to “step out of the shade, aflame and unafraid.” And may love be our...