Parabola Summer Newsletter

Posted: July 16, 2011 by Ty in Spirituality
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Agnes Martin | Gratitude, 2001.
Agnes Martin
“Gratitude,” 2001.

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André Kertész, "Martinique," 1972André Kertész, “Martinique,”

“In one
sense we are always traveling,
And traveling as if we did not know
we were going.
In another sense we have already
arrived. . .
But oh! How far have I to go to find
You in Whom I have already

Thomas Merton

Yvon [Pierre Yves Petit, 1886-1969] : "Gargoyle atop Notre Dame"Yvon [Pierre Yves Petit, 1886-1969] : “Gargoyle atop Notre

“How do you
know but every Bird
that cuts the airy way,
Is an immense world of
clos’d by your senses five?”


Odilon Redon, "Two Young Girls Among Flowers."Odilon Redon, “Two Young Girls Among

“Whatever you do, whatever you eat,
whatever sacrifice you
whatever charity you give, whatever efforts you make,
do all
that as an offering to Me.”

Bhagavad Gita

Buddhist prayer flags at Swayambhu, Kathmandu, Nepal by frozenleaves on Flickr.

Buddhist prayer flags at Swayambhu, Kathmandu,
Nepal by frozenleaves on Flickr.


The best time is late
when the sun strobes through
the columns of trees as you are
hiking up,
and when you find an agreeable rock
to sit on, you will be able
to see
the light pouring down into the woods
and breaking into the shapes
and tones
of things and you will hear nothing
but a sprig of birdsong or
the leafy
falling of a cone or nut through the trees,
and if this is your
day you might even
spot a hare or feel the wing-beats of geese
overhead toward some destination.

But it is hard to speak of these
how the voices of light enter the body
and begin to recite their
how the earth holds us painfully against
its breast made of humus
and brambles
how we who will soon be gone regard
the entities that
continue to return
greener than ever, spring water flowing
through a
meadow and the shadows of clouds
passing over the hills and the
where we stand in the tremble of thought
taking the vast outside
into ourselves.

—Billy Collins (from Directions in The Art of


Saturday, July

Clare of Assisi

Saint Clare of Assisi (sometimes spelled Clair,
Claire, etc.), born Chiara Offreduccio (July 16, 1194 – August 11, 1253) is a
saint of Italy and one of the first followers of Saint Francis of Assisi. She
founded the Order of Poor Ladies, a
monastic religious order for women in the Franciscan tradition, and wrote their
Rule of Life–the first monastic rule known to have been written by a woman.
Following her death, the order she founded was renamed in her honor as the Order
of Saint Clare, commonly referred to today as the Poor

Tuesday, July

Peace Pilgrim

Peace Pilgrim (July 18,
1908 – July 7, 1981) born Mildred Lisette Norman, was an American pacifist,
vegetarian, and peace activist. In 1952, she became the first woman to walk the
entire length of the Appalachian Trail in one season. Starting on January 1,
1953, in Pasadena, California, she adopted the name “Peace Pilgrim” and walked
across the United States for 28 years. A transcript of a 1964 conversation with
Peace Pilgrim from a broadcast on KPFK radio in Los Angeles, California, was
published as “Steps Toward Inner Peace”. She stopped counting miles in that
year, having walked more than 40,000 km (25,000 miles) for

order for the world to become peaceful, people must become more peaceful. Among
mature people war would not be a problem – it would be impossible. In their
immaturity people want, at the same time, peace and the things which make war.
However, people can mature just as children grow up. Yes, our institutions and
our leaders reflect our immaturity, but as we mature we will elect better
leaders and set up better institutions. It always comes back to the thing so
many of us wish to avoid: working to improve

— Peace


Wednesday, July

E. B. White

Saint Seraphim
of Sarov (July 19, 1759 – January 2, 1833), born Prokhor Moshnin, is one
of the most renowned Russian monks and mystics  in the Orthodox Church. He is
generally considered the greatest of the 19th century startsy (elders) and,
arguably, the first.

He is
remembered for extending the monastic  teachings of contemplation, theoria and
self-denial to the layperson, and taught that the purpose of the Christian life
was to acquire the Holy Spirit.

Seraphim was glorified (canonized) by the Russian Orthodox Church
in 1903. The date of his death is his major feast day. His canonization has
something of an ecumenical character; Pope John Paul II referred to him as a
saint in his book, “Crossing the Threshold of Hope.” One of his “spiritual
children”, Nicholas Motovilov, wrote most of what we know about him today.

Seraphim’s most popular quotation amongst Orthodox believers is “Acquire a
peaceful spirit, and thousands around you will be


Thursday, July

Petrarch's Virgil (title page) (c. 1336) Illuminated manuscript by Simone Martini, 29 x 20 cm Biblioteca Ambrosiana, Milan.

Francesco Petrarca (July 20, 1304 – July 19,
1374), known in English as Petrarch, was an Italian scholar, poet  and one of
the earliest Renaissance humanists. Petrarch is often called the “Father of
Humanism”. In the 16th century, Pietro Bembo created the model for the modern
Italian language based on Petrarch’s works, as well as those of Giovanni
Boccaccio and, especially, Dante Alighieri. This would be later endorsed by the
Accademia della Crusca. His sonnets were admired and imitated throughout Europe
during the Renaissance and became a model for lyrical poetry.

closed the book, angry with myself that I should still be admiring earthly
things who might long ago have learned from even the pagan philosophers that
nothing is wonderful but the soul, which, when great itself, finds nothing great
outside itself. Then, in truth, I was satisfied that I had seen enough of the
mountain; I turned my inward eye upon myself, and from that time not a syllable
fell from my lips until we reached the bottom again. We look about us for what
is to be found only within. How many times, think you, did I turn back that day,
to glance at the summit of the mountain which seemed scarcely a cubit high
compared with the range of human contemplation…”

describing reading St. Augustine’s


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Somé, William Segal, Rabbi Adin Steinsaltz, and Kathleen Raine. Famous or
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Parabola editor Tracy
Cochran and consulting editor Lillian Firestone joined Mitchell Jay Rabin on the
radio program “A Better World,” on July 11th, 2011.

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As part of an overall effort to publish more poetry of
interest to the community, Parabola Magazine
will be expanding our online presence by including more poetry on the

Parabola is inviting writers with
material they feel speaks to this subject to submit their poems for
consideration. Please see our website for submission

Read the selection for Summer 2011 here.



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