Persian Poetry on Wine by Rumi

The Many Wines

God has given us a dark wine so potent that, drinking it, we leave the two worlds.

God has made sleep so that it erases every thought.

There are thousands of wines that can take over our minds.

Don’t think all ecstasies are the same!

Jesus was lost in his love for God.  His donkey was drunk with barley.

Drink from the presence of saints, not from those other jars.

Every object, every being, is a jar full of delight.

Be a connoisseur, and taste with caution.

Any wine will get you high.  Judge like a king, and choose the purest.

The ones unadulterated with fears, or some urgency about “what’s needed.”

Drink the wine that moves you as a camel moves when it’s been untied

and is just ambling about.




Saint Rita of Cascia, Italy


Do you have a fervent prayer petition still unfulfilled?  Call on Saint Rita and you won’t be disappointed.  I offer my petitions to her each May and have yet to be discouraged.  Let me explain…

Margarita was born to elderly parents in 1381.  Everyone called her Rita for her ‘pearl’ meekness as she cared for her pious parents.  At their request, she was happily married  for 8 years to Paolo Mancini and bore twin sons.  Misfortune struck when Paolo was murdered and her sons died young unexpectedly.  Rita found her way out of sorrow in becoming an Augustinian nun where she developed peacemaking abilities between the vendetta families of Cascia.  For 40 years, she prayed and worked for the poor.  At age 60 for the next 15 years, she received a thorn of the crown from Jesus on her forehead, confined to bed and sustained only by receiving Holy Communion.  As she breathed her last, Rita said: “Remain in the holy love of Jesus…remain in peace and fraternal charity.”  Rita returned to God on May 22, 1457 and her body remains incorrupt, venerated to this day in Cascia.

Because Rita lived an extraordinary life of prayer and sacrifices, she is known as the ‘Saint of the Impossible” in every circumstance of life, and I assure you she has fulfilled my prayers thus far.  If your heart is heavy with prayer petitions, reach out to Saint Rita. She will respond to you and you won’t be disappointed…trust me…

Saint Rita, Pray for us



Monkey and Me Oil Painting by Marsha Hammel


Marsha Hammel’s painting reminds me of my mother saying to me, “why put off tomorrow what you can do today?”  Time does seem to escape us.  My thoughts…we can seize ‘surprise in happiness’ in the present moment…one day at a time.  Whether or not looking into a mirror, happiness comes in some of these many forms:  Natural sensations, satisfaction, joy of loving, giving and desire for God.  I join the French when it comes to happiness – living a healthy and generous life – I wish you a great life full of happiness!


“True happiness comes from the joy of deeds well done, the zest of creating things new.”

Antoine de Saint-Exupery