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Posts from the ‘Dominican Life’ Category

Prayer

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The freshness of my eyes is given to me in prayer.

– Attributed to the Prophet Muhammad

Wisdom from the Dalai Lama

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Grand osprey near Target Rock on Long Island

Today, more than ever before, life must be characterized by a sense of universal responsibility, not only nation to nation and human to human, but also human to other forms of life.
– His Holiness the Dalai Lama

Where Do We Find Heaven?

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Heaven is under our feet as well as over our heads.
– Henry David Thoreau

The Feast of Saint Dominic

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Tomorrow, August 8th, is the Feast of St. Dominic, the founder of the Order of Preachers, otherwise known as the Dominicans. It is always appropriate to celebrate a feast on the eve of the feast. And as we are celebrating the 800th Anniversary of the Dominican order this year, we could actually celebrate Dominic everyday.

The photo above is detail of a fresco named, Madonna delle Ombre at the Convento (or now, Museo) San Marco, in Florence. Dominic holding what we call his last will and testament. According to his brothers, he gave this to us on his deathbed: ” Have charity, guard humility, hold fast to voluntary poverty.” He promised that he would continue to guide them in spirit. He died on August 2, 1221, and was buried as he wished, “at the feet of his brethren.”

A Month of Rachel Carson – Week 5

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Those who dwell, as scientists or laymen, among the beauties and mysteries of the earth are never alone or weary of life.
– Rachel Carson

A Month of Rachel Carson – Week 4

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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

A Month of Rachel Carson – Week Two

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If I had influence with the good fairy who is supposed to preside over the christening of all children, I should ask that her gift to each child in the world be a sense of wonder so indestructible that it would last throughout life.
– Rachel Carson