Days of Advent, Quotes, Seasons

Advent Day 12: Don’t Hesitate …

If you suddenly and unexpectedly feel joy, don’t hesitate. Give in to it. There are plenty of lives and whole towns destroyed or about to be. We are not wise, and not very often kind. And much can never be redeemed. Still, life has some possibility left. Perhaps this is its way of fighting back,… Continue reading Advent Day 12: Don’t Hesitate …

Days of Advent, Seasons

Advent Day 10: For Mercy’s Sake …

In our joy, we think we hear a whisper. At first it is too soft. Then only half heard. We listen carefully as it gathers strength. We hear a sweetness. The word is Peace. — Maya Angelou from Amazing Peace   Mercy & Love I came across a quote from St. Thérèse of Lisieux: “The God… Continue reading Advent Day 10: For Mercy’s Sake …

Days of Advent, Quotes, Seasons

Advent Day 07: Our Real Work …

Marvelous Truth, confront us at every turn in every guise. ― Denise Levertov from A Grateful Heart   We forever drift in and out of the miracle before us. As our eyes dilate and constrict in order to see, we are opened by love, wonder, and truth into the immediacy of all that is incomprehensible,… Continue reading Advent Day 07: Our Real Work …

Days of Advent, Quotes, Seasons

Advent Day 03: Ritual …

I say that religion isn’t about believing things. It’s ethical alchemy. It’s about behaving in a way that changes you, that gives you intimations of holiness and sacredness. — Karen Amstrong as quoted in Profile at TED (2009)   Religions don’t agree on which day is holy, but by and large they do agree that… Continue reading Advent Day 03: Ritual …

Prayers, Quotes, Seasons

Joy Accompanied Me As I Walked (Thanksgiving Meditations and Prayers) …

A leaf fluttered in through the window this morning, as if supported by the rays of the sun, a bird settled on the fire escape, joy in the task of coffee, joy accompanied me as I walked ... — Anais Nin from The Quotable Anais Nin (Diary 4)   The Place I Want To Get… Continue reading Joy Accompanied Me As I Walked (Thanksgiving Meditations and Prayers) …

Prayers, Quotes

You Will Not Have My Hate …

I imagine one of the reasons people cling to their hates so stubbornly is because they sense, once hate is gone, they will be forced to deal with pain.  — James A. Baldwin Anger is a catalyst. Holding on to it will make us exhausted and sick. Internalizing anger will take away our joy and… Continue reading You Will Not Have My Hate …

Quotes

Illuminating The Darkness Of Difficult Times …

Awake, my dear. Be kind to your sleeping heart. Take it out in the vast field of Light And let it breathe. — Hafiz from I Heard God Laughing: Poems of Hope and Joy   Our personal demons come in many guises. We experience them as shame, as jealousy, as abandonment, as rage. They are anything… Continue reading Illuminating The Darkness Of Difficult Times …

Interreligious, Quotes

The Wisdom Of Beauty …

I did not have to ask my heart what it wanted, because of all the desires I have ever known just one did I cling to for it was the essence of all desire: to hold beauty in my soul's arms. — St. John of the Cross from Love Poems from God: Twelve Sacred Voices… Continue reading The Wisdom Of Beauty …

Prayers, Quotes

Different Paths …

I add my breath to your breath that our days may be long on the Earth, that the days of our people may be long, that we shall be as one person, that we may finish our road together. — Prayer of the Laguna Pueblo people from World as Lover, World as Self   We… Continue reading Different Paths …