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Wednesday of Hope – Courage to Fail

Success is not final, failure is not fatal; it is the courage to continue that counts.

– Winston Churchill

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 – Courage without a Roar

Courage doesn’t always roar. Sometimes courage is the little voice at the end of the day saying “I’ll try again tomorrow.”

– Mary Anne Radmacher

Waiting for God Takes Courage

Thursday’s Responsorial Psalm is from Psalm 27

“I believe that I shall see the bounty of God
in the land of the living.
Wait for the God with courage;
be stouthearted, and wait for God.”

How right it is to say that waiting for God takes courage,
because, really, what I would like to do is run ahead.

How about you?

May we be as courageous as the tender flower as it faces the elements.

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