Mary Oliver

Bonus – Ignatian Inspiration Calendar

by Paul on November 27, 2013

I’m happy to tell you that we are offering you a free 2014 Ignatian Inspiration Calendar. Regular readers might have fun guessing the people from whom I chose quotes.  No points for Mary Oliver, of course, because she’s a given! All you have to do is email me [pcampbell@loyolapress.com] with your name and mailing address. […]

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Week of Gratitude – Mary Oliver

by Paul on November 20, 2013

When it’s over, I want to say: all my life I was a bride married to amazement. I was a bridegroom, taking the world into my arms. — Mary Oliver Did you seriously think you were going to get through a week of gratitude quotes without at least one reference to Mary Oliver? I love the […]

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When Death Comes

by Paul on May 29, 2013

We haven’t had any Mary Oliver in a long time. This is one of my favorites, When Death Comes: When it’s over, I want to say: all my life I was a bride married to amazement. I was a bridegroom, taking the world into my arms. When it’s over, I don’t want to wonder if […]

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The Haystack Of Light

by Paul on January 30, 2013

We haven’t had any Mary Oliver in a long time.  Here’s a favorite of mine. Every day I see or hear something that more or less kills me with delight, that leaves me like a needle in the haystack of light. It was what I was born for – to look, to listen, to lose […]

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I want to offer you our 2013 Ignatian Inspirations Calendar.  I chose the quotations so, yes, there is Mary Oliver and all the usual suspects! Simply fill in your address below and I will mail it out to you.  Let me know if you want it in English or Spanish. This offer has now closed. […]

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A Week With Wisdom – 2

by Paul on June 5, 2012

“It is better for the heart to break, than not to break.” — Mary Oliver I acknowledge the paradoxical truth of this statement, but gulp a bit as I do so. It is true, I believe, that anything worthwhile I have learned in life has not come easily, but has been the result of pain and […]

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What Are You Going To Do?

by Paul on May 9, 2012

I’m sorry.  You’ve heard this from me many times before and you’ll probably have to put up with it again.  I am haunted by Mary Oliver’s question: Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life? I believe that my life is precious and there are moments at […]

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“Be Ignited Or Be Gone”

by Paul on March 7, 2012

I found this video of Mary Oliver’s “What I have learned so far” which was made by Marquette University for their service learning program. You know me – a sucker for anything and everything Mary Oliver.

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Song Of The Builders

by Paul on December 1, 2011

From Mary Oliver’s 2004 collection, Why I Wake Early: On a summer morning I sat down on a hillside to think about God – a worthy pastime. Near me, I saw a single cricket; it was moving the grains of the hillside this way and that way. How great was its energy, how humble its […]

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YMMO – Yet More Mary Oliver!

by Paul on October 4, 2011

I keep discovering poems by the great Mary Oliver that I’m certain I’ve shared with you, only to discover that I haven’t yet.  The title of this poem is Logos and I encourage you to read the whole thing. The extract I quote below is especially relevant to me because, until I was in my […]

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