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Ash Wednesday Thoughts

Life does not accommodate you; it shatters you. Every seed destroys its container, or else there would be no fruition.
– Florida Scott-Maxwell – The Measure of My Days

Let Us Live the Questions

We live on the brink of disaster because we do not know how to let life alone. We do not respect the living and fruitful contradictions and paradoxes of which true life is full.
– Thomas Merton
How could we not but leave this alone?

                                                                  How could we not but leave this alone?

Roll Me to a Sky-Wide View

If my mind gets trapped inside
Just roll me to my sky-wide view
Where I will feast on cumulous and light
And tell you that art with just my eyes.
– Jane Brainin, With irrepressible spirit, anticipating the toll of ALS
As I read these lines, I fondly remember Marsha, my sister-in-law, who died of ALS several years ago.

Sparks of God’s Brilliance

All living beings are, so to speak, sparks from the radiation of God’s brilliance. These sparks mere from God like rays of the sun. 

– Hildegard of Bingen


The Wisdom of Abraham Heschel

Wonder rather than doubt is the root of all knowledge. 

– Abraham Joshua Heschel


May all of us enjoy the gift of wonder, or as Mary Oliver put it, “. . . be a bride to amazement.”

What Might I Become?

May I become an island for those seeking dry land
A lamp for those needing light,
A place of rest for those who desire one,
And a servant for those needing service.

–  Shantideva, “May I Become an Island”


May I become a lamp

The Renewable Resource of Hope

As we face the grand ecological crisis of our time, our most important renewable resource is hope. We simply must put it on with our shoes each morning.

-Barbara Kingsolver

As I look to the horizon, I put on hope

As I look to the horizon, I put on hope


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