Wednesday, May 17, 2023



Dear All of Us,

I'm one lucky guy

and I know it!!

I have a lovely,

truly good natured wife.

I mean she's 

   Big Time

Good Natured!!

What a blessing!

What a difference

she makes for me

and so many others!!

For her the glass 

is always half full,

and she'll prepare 

an exquisite meal

to go with it!

Her nature is 

a clear reflection of,

a participation in,

and sharing of,

God's Good Nature.

Our spiritual lives

are a living in


God's Nature, 

our human nature,

that of all created nature.

Surely Sad

      is it that 

      some supposed

      spiritual sorts 


     Puts Down



ours and all Creations




Weak and corruptible

  something too earthy

  something to escape 

    in our efforts

    to rise above

    in our climb 

    to the divine.

Actually and happily

we can't climb

to the divine.

We awake to it

given and present

    right here 

  in our human 

situation and nature 

in all created nature.

Just try to sing a hymn 

or help the poor

without breathing 

and using our brain.

Good the nature of things.

Matter matters.


     From the get go 

God has been delightfully


Genesis insists

that on all those first

lavish, creative days, 

in all ways 

on all counts

  "...God saw that 

     it was good"

     We want to join in, 

     see and say it 

      that way as 


continues and evolves

in our here and now.

By God's will and way

we are not called to be

disembodied spirits.

Right now we are meant 

to be right at home 

as we experience God in

the gift of our human nature 

and that of all Creation,

not to escape them  

for some sort of supposed 

spiritual superiority

that eschews 

things natural.


   The Natural 


   The Divine 

are not separate 

nor opposed. 

The Divine

holds in being

 - Its Being -

   all that is.

  The Divine 


  The Natural

in a wonderous






Original Goodness

     has taken 

more than a few hits

   no thanks to 

  Adam and Eve,

Nero, Genghis Khan, 

Crusaders, Adolf Hitler, 

and too often and too much

the rest of us

in our times,

in our wrong and wronging

 turns and twists


we all are wanted, 

counted on,

to be in on


Restorative Justice

as it rights the wronged

across the whole plane   

         of the 


people place protons

powers and pulsations

 We are tight in on 


Redeeming Re-creation



         of all 

      just right




We are one with God

   in how we are 

   and what we do

   God Good Naturedly.

We enjoy robust wine temperately.

We make love freely in fidelity.

We speak in tones true.

We lift the fallen.

We straighten the crocked.

We happily harmonize 

     with all nature's variants,

     respecting and caring.

We work the earth responsibly.

We keep pure water and air.

We use what we need.

We make sure others have 

     what they need.

We sustain rather than drain dry.

We rejoice to have our nature

rooted in God's nature,

living that real and forth.

We embrace God 

     in God's embrace

          of us in 

       The Natural

We relish God present 

     in nature's different

     topographies, societies, ethnicities, 

     climates, cultures, customs,

     nourishments of body and soul,

     spiritualities, art and construct, music,

     life rhythms, toils and tasks.

We read God Revealed, 

       Writ Large in


 the first and oldest Bible.

We worship in nature's 

    sacred sanctuaries

    of rock, range, wood, water,

    crest, plane.

In our particular 

time and place and way

we join St. Francis 

right at home in the

God Good Natural,

delighted with

Brother Sun 

Sister Moon,

birds, animals, 

tender and caring 

with the damaged,

hugging the deserted 

and despised,

at peace, one with all.

We live and thrive in

all forms and sharings of



   For Those Who Wish

In the days ahead we slowly 

         Pray Ponder

in the words and wisdom 


        St. Francis.

He shares the joy and way 

   of living naturally in


Soul Slowed, Soul Savoring 

      we welcome 

       The Spirit

sensing more and deeper 

the levels of meaning

in the prayer of Francis 

as they widen and lighten 

our living Love. 

      The Canticle of Creation

O Most High, all powerful, 

good Lord God,

to you belong praise, glory, 

honor and all blessing.

Be praised, my Lord, 

for all your creation

and especially for 

our Brother Sun,

who brings us 

the day and the light;

he is strong 

and shines magnificently.

O Lord, we think of you 

when we look at him.

Be praised, my Lord, 

for Sister Moon,

and for the stars

which you have set shinning 

and lovely in the heavens.

Be praised, my Lord,

for our brothers Wind and Air

and every kind of weather

by which you, Lord, 

uphold life in all your creatures.

Be praised, my Lord,

for Sister Water,

who is very useful to us,

and humble and 

precious and pure.

Be praised, my Lord, 

for Brother Fire,

through whom 

you give us light 

in the darkness:

he is bright 

and lively and strong.

Be praise, my Lord, 

for Sister Earth, our Mother,

who nourishes and sustains us,

brings forth fruits and 

vegetables of many kinds

and flowers of many colors.

Be praised, my Lord, 

for those who forgive 

for love of you;

and for those who bear

sickness and weakness

in peace and patience

- you will grant them a crown.

Be praised, my Lord,

for our Sister Death,

whom we all must face.

I praise and bless you, Lord,

and I give thanks to you,

and I will serve you 

in all humility. 

       Francis of Assisi


As we go to work, watch the news, vote, 

gather with family and friends, drive,

spend our money, raise our children, 

seek a church refreshed, tend the sick, 

needy, hurt and hurting, as we forgive, 

as we hit life's speed bumps and detours 

we pray to live

      The Prayer of St. Francis

Lord, make me an instrument 

of your peace;

where is hatred, let me sow love;

where there is injury, pardon;

where there is doubt, faith;

where there is despair, hope;

where there is darkness, light;

where there is sadness, joy.

O Divine Master,

grant that I may not 

so much seek to be consoled 

as to console;

to be understood 

as to understand;

to be loved, 

as to love;

for it is giving 

that we receive,

it is in pardoning 

that we are pardoned,

and it is in dying that 

we are born to Eternal Life.

       Francis of Assisi

It can be a wondrous help,

over time, unhurriedly, prayerfully,

to ponder each portion of this prayer,

and consider:

- its meaning(s)

- ways and places where we can live it


    Please consider passing 

    this posting on to folks 

    who do not yet know of

       frankly speaking

  spirituality for the street

    That would be a big help 

     and much appreciated.

Our spiritual lives are 

an invitation to live


See you next week.

    Love to All

    John Frank