“Haiku of Intention”

We are looking forward to the Morning with Pádraig Ó Tuama on February 27. We hope to see you there.

We will join poet and theologian Pádraig Ó Tuama in a workshop exploring the practices of generosity, forgiveness and justice. A long-time peace and conflict mediator, Pádraig has an interest in how poetic form, language and bravery can support people as they explore these important themes in their artistic and public work.  

Some of this retreat will build on the practice of Collect writing. In his explanation of this poem/prayer form, Pádraig calls the Collect a “haiku of intention.” On January 13, a small group gathered for a workshop led by Karen Hurley Kuchar to explore the practice of collect writing. One of the participants noted, “Writing this Collect was a powerful experience for me. The simple form allowed my words to flow in a way I never imagined. What a great way to connect to the Divine Presence within.”

Below are a couple of the collects written on that day. You can see these and several more in our online journal. We hope that we can add to this collection with submissions from those who participate in the upcoming event.

My Creator of morning and night,
the One who knows our need for rest,
help me to sleep without a thought,
a deep uninterrupted sleep
   for the next day’s renewal
   and your work.
May it be.

Marilyn Peretti

God of Understanding
You intervened when the crowd wanted to stone the adulteress.
You asked us all to look inside for sameness, and I believe the forgiveness of self.
Forgive your child that has cast numerous stones of incrimination at her own body.
Forgive her guilt and shame. As you said in your last words, Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do. From that statement, I know you understand my deeply troubled soul.

Jamie Lyn Weaver

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