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In the Darkness of the Tomb, there Is Still Hope

Stained glass of the Pieta from the Vatican Library in Vatican City

Stained glass of the Pieta from the Vatican Library in Vatican City

Hope begins in the dark, the stubborn hope that if you just show up and try to do the right thing, the dawn will come. You wait and watch and work: you don’t give up.

- Anne Lamont

Spy Wednesday

One can't murder murder through killing

One can’t murder murder through killing

On “Spy Wednesday” – so called because it is the day before Judas, the traitor, sold Jesus out for a bag of silver, these words from Martin Luther King, Jr., are most appropriate.

Through violence you may murder a murderer but you can’t murder murder. Through violence you may murder a liar but you can’t establish truth. Through violence you may murder a hater, but you can’t murder hate. Darkness cannot put out darkness. Only light can do that.

– Martin Luther King

Prayer is Hope in Action

To clasp hands in prayer is the beginning of an uprising against the disorder of the world.

– Karl Barth

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Yesterday’s photo, but with a suggestion of just how we might redeem our cities. Hope in action!

Palm Sunday Hope

Hope continues to hold us during Holy Week.

Palm Sunday Hope is definitely not the same thing as optimism. It is not the conviction that something will turn out well, but the certainty that something makes sense regardless of how it turns out.

– Vaclav Havel

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Never Lose Hope

Never lose hope, my dear heart, miracles dwell in the invisible.

– Rumi

The lotus doesn't lose hope

The lotus doesn’t lose hope

The Promise of Hope

Hope knows no fear.
Hope dares to blossom, even inside the abysmal abyss.
Hope secretly feeds and strengthens promise.
-Sri Chimnoy

Daring to blossom

Daring to blossom

What Shall We Do when there Seems to be No Hope?

What kind of hope and vision were necessary to see this through?

What kind of hope and vision were necessary to see this through?

Most of the important things in the world have been accomplished by people who have kept on trying when there seemed to be no hope at all.
– Dale Carnegie

What Can We Not Live Without?

One can live about forty days without food, about three days without water, about eight minutes without air, but only for one second without hope”
–Source Unknown

It would also be hard to live without beauty!

It would also be hard to live without beauty!

What Is God Saying?

Never lose an opportunity of seeing anything beautiful, for beauty is God’s handwriting.

- Ralph Waldo Emerson

During this season of Lent, let us be attentive to the love letters that God is writing to us.

God's beautiful penmanship!

God’s beautiful penmanship!

Seeing with Beginners Sight

What kind of seeing should we do during this Lenten season? In Buddhism they talk about Beginner’s Mind. Perhaps we should work at Beginners Sight.

Whether seeing clouds or the vineyard - or both - it is a world of glory

Whether seeing clouds or the vineyard – or both – it is a world of glory

Look at everything as though you were seeing it either for the first or last time. Then your time on earth will be filled with glory.

- Betty Smith (There are certainly many Betty Smiths in the world – I’ll leave it up to the readers to discover which one she is.)

 

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