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Posts from the ‘Hope / Healing’ Category

Wednesday of Hope – Cup of Hope

Drinking our cup is not simply adapting ourselves to a bad situation and trying to use it as well as we can. Drinking our cup is a hopeful, courageous, and self-confident way of living. It is standing in the world with head erect, solidly rooted in the knowledge of who we are, facing the reality that surrounds us and responding to it from our hearts.

– Henri Nouwen

Wednesday of Hope – Courage of the Fragile Blossom

Courage is not the towering oak that sees storms come and go; it is the fragile blossom that opens in the snow.

– Alice Mackenzie Swaim

Wednesday of Hope – Hope Reborn

Oft hope is born when all is forlorn.

– J.R.R. Tolkien, The Return of the King

Wednesday of Hope – Look for the Light

There is light in the darkness. You just have to find it.

– bell hooks

Wednesday of Hope – The Light Always Returns

There is a perfectly still moment right before dawn, when the sun gathers itself and then steps into the dark world and everything is so filled with light that any doubts from that long night are barely a memory. It is the way of all things that the night ends and the light returns. The light always returns.

– Brian Andreas, Story People

Wednesday of Hope – Darkest before Dawn

On this Feast of St. Lucy, whose name means Light – celebrated in the darkest days in the Northern Hemisphere, I’ve chosen this quote for those times we find ourselves in darkness, no matter the time of year or the hemisphere.

We must believe it is darkest before the dawn of a new world. We will see it when we believe it.

– Saul Alinsky

Wednesday of Hope – Life Worth Living

Before, I always lived in anticipation . . . that it was all a preparation for something else, something “greater,” more “genuine.” But that feeling has dropped away from me completely. I live here and now, this minute, this day, to the full, and the life is worth living.

– Etty Hillesum, Etty: The Letters and Diaries of Etty Hillesum