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Good Friday Hope

Hope is faith holding out its hand in the dark.

– George Iles

Let us reach together today

Let us reach together today

Have Hope in the Possible

Demonstrating hope in the possible

Demonstrating hope in the possible

Jesus did not have a pessimistic view of the world. He did not propose asceticism or withdrawal, or demand an “ethic of absolutes” impossible to practice in real life. Rather, he described behavior governed by the love of God and demonstrated its possibility in the world.

– Andre Trocme, Jesus and the Nonviolent Revolution

Hope Requires Trust in Providence

The hummingbird, like the swallow, trusts in providence.

The hummingbird, like the swallow, trusts in providence.

Providence is the faith that nothing can prevent us from fulfilling the ultimate meaning of our existence. Providence does not mean a divine planning by which everything is predetermined, as is an efficient machine. Rather, Providence means that there is a creative and saving possibility implied in every situation, which cannot be destroyed by any event.

– Paul Tillich

The Miracle of Love

The enchantment of the hummingbird

The enchantment of the hummingbird

This is one of the miracles of love: It gives a power of seeing through its own enchantments and yet not being disenchanted.

– C.S. Lewis

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.)


Proust on Truly Seeing

I have always appreciated this quote by Marcel Proust:

The voyage of discovery is not in seeking new landscapes but in having new eyes.

What surprises can I see in the landscapes before me?

What surprises can I see in the landscapes before me?

Meister Eckhart on Sight

On this 4th Sunday of Lent, we read how Jesus heals the man who had been born blind. So this week we will reflect on sight.

The eye through which I see God is the same eye through which God sees me; my eye and God’s eye are one eye, one seeing, one knowing, one love.

― Meister Eckhart, Sermons of Meister Eckhart


Thirst by Mary Oliver

The pond God has given us

The pond God has given us

Another morning and I wake with thirst

for the goodness I do not have.
I walk
out to the pond and all the way God has

given us such beautiful lessons.
Oh Lord,
I was never a quick scholar but sulked

and hunched over my books past the hour

and the bell; grant me, in your mercy,
a little more time.

Love for the earth
and love for you are having such a long

conversation in my heart.
Who knows what
will finally happen or where I will be sent,

yet already I have given a great many things

away, expecting to be told to pack nothing,

except the prayers which, with this thirst,

I am slowy learning.

— Mary Oliver, Thirst,
  Beacon Press, Boston, 2006, pp. 1, 52, 69

Good Things to Thirst for

Yogis are drunk on discipline. Priests are drunk on scriptures. Celibates are drunk on vanity. Monks are drunk on prestige. So what’s left for you? What could you possibly get drunk on? I recommend being drunk on peace, being drunk on joy, being drunk on the fulfillment of the quest of a human being.


Let’s be drunk on peace

Weekly Photo Challenge: Reflection

My Thirsty Fish

My Thirsty Fish and Ambient Reflections in a Pool

In Lent, as in any season, a poem from Rumi is a welcome reflection

From “A Thirsty Fish” by Rumi

I don’t get tired of you. Don’t grow weary
of being compassionate toward me!

All this thirst equipment
must surely be tired of me,
the waterjar, the water carrier.

I have a thirsty fish in me
that can never find enough
of what it’s thirsty for!

Show me the way to the ocean!
Break these half-measures,
these small containers.

All this fantasy
and grief.


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