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Wednesday of Hope – Think the World is Over?

Just when the caterpillar thought the world was over, she became a butterfly.

– Barbara Haines Howett

Plant Trees

Plant trees. They give us two of the most crucial elements for our survival: oxygen and books.

– A. Whitney Brown, Wall at bookstore – Chicago Botanic Gardens

Wednesday of Hope – In a World Full of Peril

The world is indeed full of peril, and in it there are many dark places; but still there is much that is fair, and though in all lands love is now mingled with grief, it grows perhaps the greater.

– J.R.R. Tolkien, The Fellowship of the Ring

What Is Enough?

Do we really need much more than this? To honor the dawn. To visit a garden. To talk to a friend. To contemplate a cloud. To cherish a meal. To bow our heads before the mystery of the day. Are these not enough?

– Kent Neburn

What Happens Here, Happens There

Pick a flower and you move a farthest star.

– Paul Dirac

Wednesday of Hope – Dance Anyway

No despair of ours can alter the reality of things, or stain the joy of the cosmic dance which is always there. Indeed we are in the midst of it, and it is in the midst of us, for it beats in our very blood, whether we want it to or not. Yet the fact remains that we are invited to forget ourselves on purpose, cast our awful solemnity to the winds, and join in the general dance.
– Thomas Merton

Enjoying the Spring

It is spring again. The earth is like a child that knows poems by heart.

-Rainer Maria Rilke