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Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Haiku Part Duex

This is the cave entrance into the Chapel at the Jesuit Retreat House called the White House in St. Louis, MO. I have been attending a yearly silent retreat there for the past ten years. It's an awesome, spirit filled place. A place where the creature becomes the creator.

The cave is modeled after the cave in which St. Ignatius of Loyola, the founder of the Jesuits, wrote his Spiritual Exercises. These exercises are the basis for every retreat since that time.

Jesuit Spirituality places a great emphasis on putting yourself in the scenes of Jesus' life and reflect in silence on how you experience this, vision movie. It's very creative. It's also a great place to write Haiku. One evening, during a particularly heavy thunder storm, I sought shelter in the cave and watched the flashing lights through the stain glass window light up my night and my mind. Here is the Haiku:

The Cave Shelters Seekers
Softening Hearts
Once As Hard As Its Stone

Sir Hook of Warrick


  1. Heart and Attitudes
    Will You Soften My Spirit?
    "Yes, when invited."

  2. Nice picture..

    how about..:

    I rest my ladder
    of thought against a
    wall of silence

    Sir D