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Losses and Gains in the era of Covid-19

July 20, 2020

The era of Covid-19 has brought many losses: loss of a feeling of safety, loss of family and friend contact, loss of co-worker support, loss of income, loss of peace of mind – if we ever had it. There are restrictions too: we can’t eat out as easily – if at all; we won’t be able to attend sporting events – if they even happen; we can’t go to Walmart, or Church, or stay in a hotel, or go to a bar or a beach without fear of infection.

But Losses can bring Gains. Today, the air is cleaner, for one thing.  And people are rediscovering the simple pleasures of gardening, bird watching, or a hobby or skill they had forgotten. My husband and I have discovered Zoom and have had some great “visits” with our son. And we have discovered the joy of sharing freshly brewed coffee in the mornings (not just on Sundays) and working the puzzles in the newspaper together.

So my invitation today is to make a list of some positives about life in the time of
Covid-19. Even if you have lost your job, or God forbid lost a loved one, what are some positives you are experiencing along with your losses?  These positives don’t minimize the losses, they don’t provide a “reason” for any of them. I don’t believe Covid-19 is Karma or God’s punishment. It just is. But we can do more than simply survive, we can find ways to grow and ways to more fully appreciate the blessings we have.

Blessings to you and your family.


October 4, 2016


In the continuous flow of blessing our heart finds meaning and rest.

Br. David Steindl-Rast


When are Trees like the Sea

April 11, 2016

trees bloing





hair blowing

fresh breathing

deeply soothing

clouds moving

sunlight reflecting

peaceful listening

               Mona Villarrubia


3 Exercises for Being Kinder to Yourself | Spirituality & Health Magazine

August 15, 2015


3 Exercises for Being Kinder to Yourself | Spirituality & Health Magazine.

It’s time for a happy song – my son is engaged to a wonderful woman.

August 18, 2014

The Perks of Having “You”

August 3, 2014

The Fickle Heartbeat

Perks of Having You

1. I can have the shittiest day, and all I have to do is call you and hear your voice to calm me down.

2. Knowing that my presence and absence mean something to somebody.

3. It makes me happy to think that you’re in this relationship because I make you happy and because you want me to be happy too.

4. I can’t explain it word for word, but you just get me. I don’t have to say a million words; you just do.

5. At times when I feel so thankful to have you by my side, I think of ways to better myself in return of my thankfulness.

6. When I’m driving home late at night, and I’m falling asleep on the road, I have you to call on my speed dial.

7. When I have a fight with my mom/sister/friend/colleague/stranger, I could vent all I want…

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A visual meditation

January 4, 2014

I found this on the blog – definitely worth checking out.

Louie Schwartzberg: Nature. Beauty. Gratitude.

December 2, 2013

Nature’s beauty can be easily missed — but not through Louie Schwartzberg’s lens. His stunning time-lapse photography, accompanied by powerful words from Benedictine monk Brother David Steindl-Rast, serves as a meditation on being grateful for every day.

Brother David Steindl-Rast

December 2, 2013

brother stendl rast

Brother David Steindl-Rast has been a monk of the Mount Saviour Benedictine monastery in New York since 1953.

He divides his time between hermitic contemplation, writing and lecturing. He is the co-founder of, supporting ANG*L (A Network for Grateful Living).

Brother David was one of the first Roman Catholics to participate in Buddhist-Christian dialogue, and is the author of The Ground We Share, a text on Buddhist and Christian practice, written with Robert Aitken Roshi. His other books include Gratefulness, the Heart of Prayer and Deeper Than Words. His most recent book is 99 Blessings, a series of prayers for the general reader — whether people of faith, agnostics, or uncertain.

Read more and hear him speak about the importance of gratitude by visiting the Charter for Compassion:


Many ways to worship

November 27, 2013

Wednesday, Nov. 27
God made so many different kinds of people; why would God allow only one way to worship?

Martin Buber