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Sacred Rhythms of Sky, Sun, Sea and Stone: Participant Poems ~ Cathy Roby

In April, 18 creative souls gathered with us for our retreat on Inismor – Sacred Rhythms of Sky, Sun, Sea and Stone. We had a wonderful group with participants from all over the U.S., Canada, U.K., and Australia. I am delighted to share some of their poems. Pour a cup of tea, imagine yourself on a windswept limestone island in the Atlantic, and savor for a while.

From Cathy Roby


Blessed be the birds that sing God’s glory
Blessed be the flowers waking up to Spring
Blessed be the land that grounds my spirit
Blessed be the stones that hold the stories
Blessed be the wind blowing in new life
Blessed be the sea refreshing my soul
Blessed be the Spirit, gracing my day.

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Praise you for the times when the holy wells seem to run dry
Praise you for the clouds in life, when sunny days would be easier
Praise you for times of confusion, when you ask me to be patient with the process and trust
Praise you for the mystery around trials that come my way
Praise you for gently reminding me I am not in charge, you are
Praise you for your grace, sufficient for each day on this journey…

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You invite me Lord into the Holy Well of your heart, my heart
It looks dark and uncertain at times but you say “cup your hands and drink in my grace, refresh yourself and be patient, the beauty will happen.”

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Cathy has been in the ministry of teaching, leading retreats and contemplative days of prayer for the past 30 years. She is currently on the teaching team as well as an Interviewer for the Called & Gifted program through the Diocese of Orange and St. Catherine of Siena Institute and is certified Spiritual Director. One of her passions is leading others closer to the heart of God through transformational teaching and recognizing their individual call through their gifting.

Cathy has been married to her husband Jim for 40 years and they have three wonderful children. They reside in Laguna Niguel, CA.

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