This is the Bdote of the Dakota People, the center of the universe,
the place where the Minnesota River joins the Mississippi.
Whiskey's Grave at Fort Snelling. Whiskey was a horse.
Lake Street Bridge.
10th Avenue Bridge, looking beyond to the new I-35W Bridge under construction.
St. Anthony Falls, the Stone Arch Bridge, and downtown Minneapolis.
I have also been mindful since our trip of the many people in Iowa, Missouri, Wisconsin and SE Minnesota for whom this river is not beautiful or pleasant these days, and those for whom the new I-35W bridge construction is not a source of wonder and amazement, but just a raw reminder of their loss.
May they find healing and new life in the midst of the grief, mud and debris.
Be present, O God, with all along this river who have been brought close to an awareness of the the fragility of life because of the bridge collapse, flooding, missing persons and other life-threatening occurences. Let this time of examination and reassessment be a fruitful time of prayer, and let it draw all of us nearer to you.
In Jesus' Name, Amen.
Today I am grateful for: the safe return of my housemates from their trip to France and Italy; summer days; good people with whom to work; the end of a big work project; the abundant green everywhere; the beautiful river in our cities; LM's new job
Holding in prayer today: The many people in flooded areas along the Mississippi River; the families of those killed in the bridge collapse last summer; the family of Joey Kaiser; Keith Kennedy, PC, SO, JK, MB and others dealing with serious health issues; Archbishop Nienstedt; the need for honest, compassionate truth-telling and reconciliation around many issues in the Church; my upcoming home visit and subsequent retreat; J,S, H and all immigrants negotiating the inhospitable bureaucratic labyrinth that is ICE; women discerning entrance into our community; sisters preparing to travel to France; our sisters in Uganda; Sisters of St. Joseph in Brazil.