Wednesday of Hope – Do Not Be Dismayed

Do not be dismayed by the brokenness of the world.
All things break. And all things can be mended,
Not with time, as they say, but with intention,
So go. Love intentionally, extravagantly, unconditionally.
The broken world waits in darkness for the light that is you.

– L.R. Knost

Awakening to the Sun

O Great Spirit, I awake to another sun, grateful for gifts bestowed, granted one by one.

– Twylah Nitsch

Wakening to Oneness – One Loom

Heaven and earth are threads from one loom.

– Shaker proverb

Wednesday of Hope – Hope Amidst Fear and Loss

When all the ordinary divides and patterns are shattered, people step up to become their brothers’ keepers. And that purposefulness and connectedness bring joy even amidst death, chaos, fear, and loss.

– Rebecca Solnit

Be Surprised

Expect nothing. Live frugally on surprise.

– Alice Walker

Wakening to Oneness – What Affects One, Affects All

Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly. I can never be what I ought to be until you are what you ought to be. This is the interrelated structure of reality.

– Martin Luther King Jr.

Wednesday of Hope – You Cannot Hold Back Spring

You can cut all the flowers, but you cannot keep spring from coming.

– Pablo Neruda

Live in the Present

Live in the present. Do the things that need to be done. Do all the good you can each day. The future will unfold.

– Peace Pilgrim

Wakening to Oneness – Wisdom of Thomas Berry

During these days of physical distancing we’ve had glimpses of our interconnectedness – of our interdependence – of the need for all of us to support the common good of, not only the human family, but of all of our Earth family. So I thought I would begin adding another post, every Friday, entitled, Wakening to Oneness.

May we awaken, one eyelid at a time.

It is my hope that all the children, the children of the deer and the wolf, the whale and other marine forms of life; the children of the osprey and the bluebird and the butterfly; the children of the oak and the pine and the dogwood; the children all together with the human children will go into the future in oneness “as a single sacred community.”

– Thomas Berry

Wednesday of Hope – The Feast of St. Catherine of Siena

Door of the basilica San Domenico in Siena, Italy, where Catherine and her family worshipped.

Honor the tradition but expand the understanding. That’s what religions must do right now if they hope to be helpful to humans in the years ahead.

– Neale Donald Walsch, Tomorrow’s God

On this Feast of Catherine, we look back on her life in the 14th century, knowing that she would live differently in the 21st. And so we honor her life and tradition as we, too, desire to be of service to God’s people today . . . in hope for a tomorrow full of promise.