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Posts from the ‘Courage’ Category

Weekly Photo Challenge: Forward

There are far, far better things ahead than any we leave behind. 
– C. S. Lewis

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Do We Have the Courage to Step into the “New”?

We cannot discover new oceans unless we have the courage to lose sight of the shore.
-Andre Gide

If You’ve Never Heard about Etty Hillesum . . . learn about her

You may not have heard about Etty Hillesum. If you haven’t, do a little research. Do you want to read an inspiring journal of courage, then read An Interrupted Life.

A desire to kneel down sometimes pulses through my body,
or rather it is as if my body has been meant and made for the act of kneeling.
Sometimes, in moments of deep gratitude,
kneeling down becomes an overwhelming urge,
head deeply bowed, hands before my face.

~Etty Hillesum An Interrupted Life~

Who doesn’t know this feeling?

God Grant Us Courage to Open the Difficult Doors

I came across the quote , below, by Thomas Merton and wondered how we can begin to learn
to let go . . .
to be open . . .
to be willing to open those doors inside ourselves that seem the most impenetrable.
May God grant us courage to approach and open them.

An imposing door of a cathedral (duomo) in Orvieto, Italy.

The truth that many people never understand, until it is too late,
is that the more you try to avoid suffering the more you suffer
because smaller and more insignificant things begin to torture you
in proportion to your fear of being hurt.

– Thomas Merton