Beth A. Richardson


Ash Wednesday Prayer

Forgive those things we have done which have caused you sadness, and those things we should have done that would have brought you joy. In both we have failed ourselves, and you. Bring us back to that place where our journey began, when we said that we would follow the way that you first trod. Lead us to the Cross and meet us there.   (written by John Birch, ... Keep Reading

“God travels wonderful ways with human beings, but he does not comply with the views and opinions of people. God does not go the way that people want to prescribe for him; rather, his way is beyond all comprehension, free and self-determined beyond all proof. Where reason is indignant, where our nature rebels, where our piety anxiously keeps us away: that is precisely where... Keep Reading

A Thankful Heart

“The very quality of your life, whether you love it or hate it, is based upon how thankful you are toward God. It is one’s attitude that determines whether life unfolds into a place of blessedness or wretchedness. Indeed, looking at the same rose bush, some people complain that the roses have thorns while others rejoice that some thorns come with roses.... Keep Reading


The eternal God is your dwelling place, and underneath are the everlasting arms.—Deut. 33:27 “We come from God who is our home,” William Wordsworth wrote in his “Ode: Intimations of Immortality.” Isaac Watts, in his hymn “Oh God Our Help in Ages Past,” includes the prayer that God “be our guide while life shall last, and our eternal home.” The English poets and the... Keep Reading

Praying Scripture Using Audio Lectio

Audio Lectio is a weekly recording of a guided meditation using the gospel reading from the Revised Common Lectionary, using a form of lectio divina for the structure. Lectio divina is a slow, meditative reading and reflection on a passage of scripture. Rather than processing the scripture intellectually, you’re invited to let the words and images connect your heart with God’s heart. This... Keep Reading

Weavings and Study Groups

It’s not too late to get a copy of the current isssue, “Living the Questions” (May/June/July 2015). Call 1-800-972-0433 to order single or multiple copies.   Weavings is a wonderful resource for group discussion. Groups have used Weavings in a variety of ways. If you are part of a Bible study or spiritual formation group, suggest exploring this reflection question related to Mark S.... Keep Reading

I Am the Poem

It’s not too late to order a copy of the current issue, XXX/1 (Nov/Dec 2014/Jan 2015) “A Monastery without Walls,” honoring the 100th anniversary of Thomas Merton’s birth as well as our founding editor, John S. Mogabgab, upon his passing August 8, 2014. Call 1.800.972.0433 or subscribe online.   A friend asked me recently, “How do you churn these out?” He was referring to the... Keep Reading

Introduction to “Keeping the Door Open for the Holy”

For a limited time, back issues of Weavings are available for purchase.   In this final print issue of Weavings contributors delve into how we become and remain open to the Holy. It is a rich subject to conclude thirty years of conversation on spiritual life. Several writers note with gratitude their connection to Weavings over this span of time. The feeling is mutual.... Keep Reading

What Is Your Weavings Story?


We are grateful to have received all of your comments, thoughts, and prayers in response to the death of founding editor, John S. Mogabgab and to the tribute posted on the Weavings homepage. John said, “The spiritual life does not begin with special knowledge and end in flight from the world.” He wanted Weavings to be a place where readers could explore the ways God’s life and human lives are being... Keep Reading

A Virtual Monastery

I began writing a blog about seven years ago, initially as a way of retraining my academic voice to one that was more accessible to a greater diversity of readers. The internet has been an incredibly rich way to connect with others longing for a similar path. What began as a forum for my writing has expanded slowly into a global community of monks and artists. Abbey of the... Keep Reading

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