Days of Advent, Quotes, Seasons

Advent Day 15: Choose Joy …

Joy does not simply happen to us. We have to choose joy and keep choosing it every day. Joy is what makes life worth living, but for many joy seems hard to find. They complain that their lives are sorrowful and depressing. What then brings the joy we so much desire? Are some people just… Continue reading Advent Day 15: Choose Joy …

Days of Advent, Quotes, Seasons

Advent Day 04: Walk, Don’t Run …

It's winter and there is smoke from the fires. The square, lighted windows of houses are fogging over. It is a world of elemental attention, of all things working together, listening to what speaks in the blood. Whichever road I follow, I walk in the land of many gods, and they love and eat one… Continue reading Advent Day 04: Walk, Don’t Run …

Days of Advent, Quotes, Seasons

Advent Day 02: Not All Who Wander Are Lost …

Christmas is amazing — and radical. It challenges wanderers to let their imaginations run wild. Christmas is an irrational, impossible, paradoxical season the infinite in the finite, God's light in the gloom of our world, the whole of the universe concentrated in a little baby, the God of The Big Bang and the galaxies appearing… Continue reading Advent Day 02: Not All Who Wander Are Lost …

Quotes

Empathy …

When you plant lettuce, if it does not grow well, you don't blame the lettuce. You look for reasons it is not doing well. It may need fertilizer, or more water, or less sun. You never blame the lettuce. Yet if we have problems with our friends or family, we blame the other person. But… Continue reading Empathy …

Quotes

Labyrinths: No Step Taken In Faith Is Wasted …

How far I have to go to find you in whom I have already arrived! — Thomas Merton   Wayside Shrines The difference between a labyrinth and a maze is that a labyrinth has no dead ends. The famed eleven-circuit labyrinth inlaid in the floor of Chartres Cathedral in France has just one path, which… Continue reading Labyrinths: No Step Taken In Faith Is Wasted …

Quotes

Little Daily Miracles …

What is the meaning of life? That was all- a simple question; one that tended to close in on one with years, the great revelation had never come. The great revelation perhaps never did come. Instead, there were little daily miracles, illuminations, matches struck unexpectedly in the dark; here was one. — Virginia Woolf from… Continue reading Little Daily Miracles …

Poems, Quotes, Seasons, Vocations

Give Up All The Other Worlds Except The One To Which You Belong (New Year’s Eve) …

You must learn one thing. The world was made to be free in. Give up all the other worlds except the one to which you belong. Sometimes it takes darkness and the sweet confinement of your aloneness to learn anything or anyone that does not bring you alive is too small for you. ―David Whyte… Continue reading Give Up All The Other Worlds Except The One To Which You Belong (New Year’s Eve) …

Days of Advent, Poems, Seasons

Advent Meditation: Walk Straight …

Pathmaker, your footsteps are the path and nothing more; pathmaker, there is no path, you make the path by walking. — Antonio Machado from Caminante No Hay Camino Walk Straight There are wild things just beyond the creche. Pry loose an Advent candle from its round wreath and walk straight past the doe-eyed virgin, deeper… Continue reading Advent Meditation: Walk Straight …

Quotes

A Path & A Small Light …

First find a path, and a little light to see by. — Anne Lamott from Plan B: Further Thoughts on Faith This is the trick to staying well, isn’t it: to feel the sun even in the dark. To not lose the truth of things when they go out of view. To grow just the… Continue reading A Path & A Small Light …