the weekend of January 16-18, 2015 I will be co-facilitating a retreat with acclaimed author and former Buddhist monk, Clark
Strand. Clark has renewed the use of the rosary in many interfaith groups. Together,
we will help retreat participants craft their own rosaries during our January retreat.
Susan’s 2014 Rosary
number represents a bead)
1. Holy Breath Breathe through me
2. Path of Mystery
3. Path of Delight
4. Path of Creativity
5. Path of transformation
honor you and am committed to your ways.
Saints and Ancestors be my guide, my protector and my inspiration
Most royal greening verdancy,
Rooted in the sun
You shine with radiant light
In this circle of earthly existence
You shine so finely,
God hugs you.
are encircled by the arms
Of the Mystery of God
**11 (also 22 and 33)
Blessed are those who birth mercy;
shall feel its warm arms embrace them.
with the One are the compassionate;
Upon them shall be compassion
Healthy are those who extend grace;
They shall find their own prayers answered
Healed are those who extend a long heartfelt breath wherever needed;
They shall feel the heat of cosmic ardor
to the Source are those who shine from the deepest place in their bodies.
them shall be the rays of universal Love.
whoever has learned to Love, for whoever has learned to suffer, Life is imbued with serene beauty.
Repeat bead 11
Birther of the Universe
Bringer of light
creation magnifies your name
All creation rejoices
That you chose to be born
In this blessed realm of time and space
come to us and
Become through us
In this evolutionary
adventure of life
Divinity fleshed in a Bethlehem birth
also in all willing souls
Who, with Mary
Consent to give birth to you
And the sacred Kin-dom
Yes, we join Mary in magnifying your blessed name.
Bead 11 and 22
We are not alone.
We are not separate.
life in. Give it back
One breath at a time.
Saints and ancestors, thank you for being my guide, protector and inspiration
45 Path of transformation
46 Path of Creativity
47 Path of Delight
Path of Mystery
I honor you and am committed to your ways.
Holy Breath, all gratitude to your holiness for the divine breath that breathes
in and through me. Amen
*Quote: Hildegard of Bingen
**Adapted from Neil Douglas-Klotz: Prayers of the Cosmos, Meditations
on the Aramaic Words of Jesus
***From the Journal of Brother Roger of the Taize Community
**** Adapted from Bruce Sanguin’s book of prayers: If Darwin Prayed, page 7
Natalie Goldberg in her book, The True Secret of Writing: Connecting Life with Language