If your daily life seems poor, do not blame it; blame yourself, tell yourself that you are not poet enough to call forth its riches; for to the creator there is no poverty and no poor indifferent place.
—Rainer Maria Rilke, Letters to a Young Poet
The phrase “Each Holy Hour” blossomed from Rilke’s poem, I am Much Too Alone in this World (from Book of Hours, translated by Anita Barrows & Jooana Macy). In an August 2016 interview with Krista Tippett, Macy reflects that Rilke uses “image after image from the natural world to convey. . .both the mystery and the beauty [in] the relationship that we find in the sacred.”
Together, we hope to continue this conversation between our spirits and the wondrous material of this good world. Whether you add your voice through comments or prefer to enter quietly and in solitude, we are so glad you are here. Please, pour of a cup of tea and draw up a chair.
I am much too alone in this world, yet not alone
to truly consecrate the hour. –Rilke