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Wednesday of Hope – To Risk Opening

And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was greater than the risk it took to blossom.

– Anais Nin

Touching the Sacred Here and Now

The sacred is not in heaven or far away. It is all around us, and small human rituals can connect us to its presence.

– Alma Luz Villanueva

Wednesday of Hope – Joy from the Cliffs of Despair

For happiness one needs security, but joy can spring like a flower even from the cliffs of despair.

– Anne Morrow Lindbergh

The Future We Are Creating

The future is not some place we are going, but one we are creating. The paths are not to be found, but made. And the activity of making them changes both the maker and their destination.

– John Schaar

Wednesday of Hope – Hope in Chaos

Whenever there is chaos, it creates wonderful thinking. I consider chaos a gift.

– Septima Clark

Ethical Alchemy

Religion isn’t about believing things. It’s ethical alchemy. It’s about behaving in a way that changes you, that gives you intimations of holiness and sacredness.

– Karen Armstrong

Wednesday of Hope – Crumple Up Your Faith

Faith is crumpling and throwing away everything, proposition by proposition, until nothing is left, and then writing a new proposition, your very own, to throw in the teeth of despair.

– Mary Jean Irion, Yes, World: A Mosaic of Meditation