Rilke and Each Holy Hour

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

linds tea

2 thoughts on “Rilke and Each Holy Hour

  1. I enjoyed reflecting on Rilke and metacognition today. Keep up your great work to help others find God in all each day. Thank you.


  2. Gail, thank you so much for your comment! I find myself constantly returning to Rilke in my reflections. I think his insights into the world and art are some of the most–if not the most–remarkable ones I’ve ever come across. It’s wonderful to know that the conversations sparked by Rilke and others who strove to live intentionally happen all over the world. I am grateful for my many fellow-travelers.


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