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The Fragrance of Gratitude


Gratitude is the sweet fragrance of an opening heart.

– Aine Belton

Wisdom of Don Quixote

Sanity may be madness but the maddest of all is to see life as it is and not as it should be.

-Don Quixote


I can’t think of Don Quijote without thinking of windmills

Never Lose Hope

Never lose hope, my dear heart, miracles dwell in the invisible.

– Rumi

The lotus doesn't lose hope

The lotus doesn’t lose hope

Wisdom from Blake

To see a world in a grain of sand, and heaven in a wildflower, hold infinity in the palm of your hand and eternity in an hour.

– William Blake

And to see beauty and and beyond a weed

And to see beauty and and beyond a weed

A Follow-up to the Prophet Micah

On Monday I posted about the day’s reading from Micah 6, and now I came across a quote from The Talmud that expands on it.

Do not be daunted by the enormity of the world’s grief.
Do justly, now.
Love mercy, now.
Walk humbly, now.
You are not obligated to complete the work, but neither are you free to abandon it.

We can feel overwhelmed at times, so much so that we are paralyzed, not knowing where to begin. As the Talmud suggests, let us, now, begin with what is before us.

Lily pad at Descanso Gardens

In Awe of the Simple Gifts of LIfe

The following is the closing prayer from Vespers for this evening.

May we experience awe in the presence of the Simple Gifts of Life.

O gracious God, open our hearts and our eyes to the wonders of your presence among us. May we see the signs of your beauty within and about us and ever be in awe of the simple gifts of life. Help us to reach beyond ourselves and to give thanks for all of your creation that shares this universe with us: peoples of every nation, animals of every species, all forms of vegetation, the planets, stars, and all the elements. We pray this in union with the incarnate Word of God in whose image all was created. May you be blessed throughout the ages and for all eternity. Amen.