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Grateful Glimpses

siena_061807_002In moments of surprise we catch at least a glimpse of the joy to which gratefulness opens the door.

– David Steindl-Rast, Gratefulness, the Heart of Prayer

Grateful through Experience

Knowing God is good

Knowing God is good

The grateful person knows that God is good, not by hearsay but by experience. And that is what makes all the difference.

– Thomas Merton, Thoughts in Solitude

Gardening Gratefulness


Let us be grateful to people who make us happy; they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom.
– Marcel Proust

Expressing Gratitude

As in previous years, the posts during the month of November we will concentrate on Gratitude, though truly it is not a seasonal topic.

As I express my gratitude, I become more deeply aware of it. And the greater my awareness, the greater my need to express it. What happens here is a spiraling ascent, a process of growth in ever expanding circles around a steady center.

– David Steindl-Rast

Spiral stairway at the Vatican Museum

Spiral stairway at the Vatican Museum


Contemplation of the Beauty of Earth

It is a wholesome and necessary thing for us to turn again to the earth and in the contemplation of her beauties to know of wonder and humility.  
– Rachel Carson

Contemplating Glacier National Park

Life Is Your Art

Life is your art. An open, aware heart is your camera. A oneness with your world is your film.
Ansel Adams
One can't think of Ansel Adams without thinking of black and white photography

One can’t think of Ansel Adams without thinking of black and white photography

What Is Life?

What is life? It is the flash of a firefly in the night. It is the breath of a buffalo in the wintertime. It is the little shadow which runs across the grass and loses itself in the Sunset.

– Crowfoot, a leader of the Blackfoot Nation

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