Wednesday, October 12, 2022


Dear All of Us,

Doesn't it just make you crazy nuts

when the "techie's" take over 

your phone or computer screen

force feeding a menu of ads and


Well, hope this doesn't make you 

too crazy nuts, but, minus the ads, 

here are a few 



    This is the final posting of

          frankly speaking

           in its six-year 


Going forward we will have 

a variety of short sharings,

some from me, many from others.

Subject and expression will differ 

from posting to posting,

all offered in support of a

full, free spirituality 

out here on the streets of as is.

So, here's a touch of "some such."

Could be a mix of:

            a brief reflection

               a prayer

           a piece of poetry

         points for meditation

              an excerpt




The Spirit only knows what else.

Please have a taste of this new menu

that follows below.



Dear All of Us, 

For our prayerful reflection here is a      



The master was asked,

 "What is spirituality?"

 He said,

"Spirituality is that which succeeds

 in bringing one to inner transformation."

The disciple:

 "But if I apply the traditional methods 

  handed down by the masters 

  is that not spirituality?"

The Master:

 "It is not spirituality 

  if it does not perform 

  its function for you. 

  A blanket is no longer a blanket 

  if it does not keep you warm."

The Disciple:

"So spirituality does change?"

The Master:

"People change. 

 So what was spirituality once 

 is spirituality no more.

 What generally goes 

 under the name spirituality 

 is merely the record of past methods."

       The Song of the Bird

         Anthony de Mello


  John Frank here.

     In other words,

     don't cut the person

     to fit the coat!!

Soul Scope:

        What does this say about our

        spiritual approaches and practices?

        In our right now,

        what's a God fit for us?




"It's a terrible thing

 to see and 

 have no vision."

  Helen Keller

Soul Scope:

What is our, the church's,

our country's, vision?

Is there one?

If so, should/do we follow it?

If not, why and what 

might be a good way to start

or reset?


A Prayer Pause

"Praise the Lord!

Sing to the Lord a new song..."

           Psalm 149:1

Soul Scope:

What are a few newly noticed things 

for which I praise the Lord?

What are ways to "praise the Lord"?


           God Bless,

           John Frank


I sure hope "some such" 

as above will be helpful.

As always, the goal is to

  clarify and encourage

as we journey spiritually 

out here on 

the streets of as is.

Why a change?

Well, quite "John Frankly",

time is telling and

time is running out.

At four score and more,

time shows and slows.

That means less energy 

to do things and 

more time to get 

those things done.

Private and communal prayer, 

meditation, family, friends, 

offering spiritual direction, 

study, chores, naps, writing, 

recording a family 

and personal history,

a wonderfully expanding 

silent oneness,

claim more than the clock 

of how things are and I am

wants to allow these days. 

Before "Times up!"

there's the hope to complete

the writing of

        END NOTES

It is a collection of "notes"

here at the "end" of my days.

It is a bequest of insights, 

understandings, enthusiasms, 

lessons learned, references,

a witness to the Good 

in them and way beyond them,

and also the other side 

of the currency of now -

challenges, concerns and cautions.

I really don't know a hell of a lot.

I just want to share what I do know

in support of my Grandson, 

Ollie the Younger,

and any other takers as 

this next and so dear generation

work their way forward to

Real and Full.

Something else I want to share.

These latter days I'm as honest as 

I know how to be.

         END NOTES


unvarnished, unbleached.

As a pastor and educator 

I've had to tame my words 

to the tolerance level of institution 

and the people in it, 

especially those in the front office.

That's how it is when you go public 

and take a salary for it. 

That can be prudent. 

That can be cowardly.

That can be a lot of a lot.

Well, these days 

there's no institutional salary 

crimping content and extent.

      I hope, I pray that

          END NOTES 

will be a legacy shedding a few    

            RAYS OF REAL

  for facing a future that can be 

  bright as the sun, 

  yet at the moment is clouding over

  ever more dangerously dark,

  as Empire dims people 

  and place to death.

       I hope, I pray that

           END NOTES

           will highlight, 

           be beacon, 

             to the 

  promise, potential and power

     of thriving together in 




Well, yah, my enthusiasm shows!

But you know what, 

to adjust the metaphor,

  "This little flashlight of mine,

   I'm gonna let it shine."

So, the short of the long above

is I need to trim the sails.

And yet this slowed old man 

with lots to be and do

is happy to continue with you all 

in a new way offering 

   frankly speaking



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              A great big, happy 


         to folks new here this week.

         Among others, we were fortunate 

         to have a large number of

              new folks from 

              the Netherlands 

             and from Japan.

    Great for us all to be together 

    here at

               frankly speaking

           spirituality for the street

            Looking forward to  

            gathering next week.

          In The Love Who Is God,

                 John Frank