Wisdom of Catherine of Siena

Today, on this feast of Catherine of Siena, we listen to some of her wise words.

“The sun hears the fields talking about effort and the sun smiles, and whispers to me, “Why don’t the fields just rest, for I am willing to do everything to help them grow?” Rest, my dears, in prayer.”

  • Catherine of Siena
Tulip Festival, Holland, Michigan

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Be Joyful

“Laugh.  Laughter is immeasurable.  Be joyful though you have considered all the facts.”

  • Wendell Berry

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Finding the Universe

“A Zen master said to a monk, “You must see the universe in your cup.” The monk looked into his cup, but he didn’t see the universe there, so he threw the cup away. The Zen master said, “Oh, poor cup.” We think the cup is too small to hold the universe. Intellectually, we can’t see how it could fit. But wherever we go, the whole universe always appears – in a cup, in a window, in a smile, in a word.”

  • Dainin Katagiri

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Earth’s Primacy

“We are not God. The Earth was here before us and was given to us.”

  • Pope Francis
Niagara Falls

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How It Got This Way

“The situation the Earth is in today has been created by unmindful production and unmindful consumption.”

  • Thich Nhat Hanh

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Easter Resurrection Within

“Our task is to take this earth so deeply and wholly into ourselves that it will resurrect within our being.”

  • Rainer Maria Rilke
Triumphant Dahlia

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Good Friday Thoughts

“Pain is the plow that tears up our hearts to make us open to truth. If it were not for suffering, we would never recognize our guilt, our godlessness, and the crying injustice of the human condition.”

  • Eberhard Arnold
Surf in Monterey

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The Tension of Hope

“Hope is holding a creative tension between what is and what could and should be, each day doing something to narrow the distance between the two.”

  • Parker Palmer
Capital Reef National Park in Utah

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Let’s Fall in Love with Creation

“If we fall in love with creation deeper and deeper, we will respond to its endangerment with passion.”

  • Hildegard of Bingen
Pelicans at Año Nuevo State Park

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I = We

“In biology, every ‘I’ has been enabled by a ‘we.’”

  •  Andreas Weber
Bracket Fungus in San Rafael Forest

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