'I wander through the still of night,
When solitude is everywhere -
Alone, beneath the starry light,
And yet I know that God is there.
I kneel upon the grass and pray;
An answer comes without a voice.
It takes my burden all away
And makes my aching heart rejoice.'
Theodore E Curtis 1872 - 1957
'Always pray to have eyes that see the best, A heart that forgives the worst, a mind that forgets the bad, and a soul that never loses faith'
Freedom lies in being bold.
Never, never be afraid to do what is right.
Martin Luther King Jr
Whether you think you can, or you think you can’t … you are right.
What counts can’t always be counted. What can be counted doesn’t always count.
Attributed to Albert Einstein
A poem by Gideon Heugh.
We are where the divine dwells – not in stone or marble, but in our soft and playful bodies.
We are God’s temple – not the lavish or gilded but the lowly and unexpected.
We are the church – not an institution or an idea but a rabble of flawed,
belly-laughing, mess-making, tear-shedding, culture-shaking, head-scratching dreamers
“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous?
Actually, who are you not to be?
You are a child of God.
Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do.”
Marianne Williamson, “A Return To Love: Reflections on the Principles of A Course in Miracles
And if you would know God be not therefore a solver of riddles. Rather look about you and you shall see Him playing with your children. And look into space; you shall see Him walking in the cloud, outstretching His arms in the lightning and descending in rain. You shall see Him smiling in flowers, then rising and waving His hands in trees.
The incarnation began with Jesus and it has never stopped . . . God takes on flesh so that every home becomes a church, every child becomes the Christ-child, and all food and drink become a sacrament. God's many faces are now everywhere, in flesh, tempered and turned down, so that our human eyes can see him.
A disciple asked a spiritual guide,
“Is there anything I can do to gain holiness?”
”As little as you can do to make the sun rise in the morning” was the response.
“Then what is the use of all the spiritual exercises? the disciple enquired.
“To make sure”, the master said, “that you are not asleep when the sun begins to rise.”
quoted in ‘A Life to Live’ Jim O’Connell
'Harbouring resentment is like drinking poison and expecting the other person to die'
'Faith cannot exist without its shadow, doubt.
Faith without doubt is not stronger, but merely more ideological'
'Scepticism and realism are not the same as cynicism and pessimism'
'Wisdom is knowing what to do next. Virtue is doing it.'
'Peace cannot be kept by force; it can only be achieved by understanding'
'Quid rides? Mutato nomine de te fabular narrator' (Why do you laugh? Change the name and the story is told of you)
'That life is worth living is the most necessary of assumptions, and were it not assumed, the most impossible of conclusions'
George Santayana, 1905
'Broadly defined, morality is about making decent and wise choices about how to be in the universe. It implies purposeful action for the common good'
'Whether life is worth living depends on whether there is love in life'
'Our whole business in this life is to restore to health the eye of the heart whereby God may be seen'
'Before Mass we speak to God; during Mass God speaks to us; after Mass we speak to each other'
'The Lord is greater than the giants you face'
- Unknown SONNET
A SPRING SONNET
Now is the time of rebirth and regrowth.
Fresh winds fan the rustle of new green leaves.
The pale sun and gentle drops of rain both
Warm and moisten new nests under the eaves.
New lambs bounce in green fields of crocuses.
Now at the end of his long winter sleep,
Hedgehog opens his eye and focuses.
For the death of winter he shall not weep
But at this bright and green time of renewal
For all that grows, is born, first crawls or flies
Sees only one thing diminish - the cruel
And cold hand of winter shrivels and dies
The winter of His death on Good Friday
Melts in the Spring of life on Easter Day.
Richard Rohr - Science and Non duality click on the title to view video
Fr Richard Rohr is a globally recognized ecumenical teacher. He is a Franciscan priest and founder of The Centre for Action and Contemplation in Albequerque, New Mexico. His latest book is called 'The Universal Christ'. This video serves as an excellent introduction to his teaching.
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