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Wednesday of Hope – Crumple Up Your Faith

Faith is crumpling and throwing away everything, proposition by proposition, until nothing is left, and then writing a new proposition, your very own, to throw in the teeth of despair.

– Mary Jean Irion, Yes, World: A Mosaic of Meditation

Wednesday of Hope – Defeat is Temporary

During the month of August, I will be posting images from my recent cross country trip, which took me from Chicago to San Francisco, and back. I hope you will enjoy both the images and the reflections.

Being defeated is often only a temporary condition. Giving up is what makes it permanent.

– Marilyn vos Savant

My friend, Patty Riley, OP, is walking on the Bonneville Flats in Utah – with ease. When the settlers crossed over through Utah into Nevada, and then on to California on the Emigrant or California Trail, they surely didn’t walk with such ease. Consider the Donner Party. Nonetheless, these emigrants did not give up on their dreams.

Do we have the same stamina? Or do we too readily give up?

What is Faith?


What a gift – the California Poppy!

Faith is the courageous confidence that trusts in the Source of all gifts.

– David Steindl-Rast

Have Faith!

People who have faith in life are like swimmers who entrust themselves to a rushing river. They neither abandon themselves to its current nor try to resist it. Rather, they adjust their every movement to the watercourse, use it with purpose and skill, and enjoy the adventure.

– David Steindl-Rast

And surfers, likewise, trust themselves to the waves

And surfers, likewise, trust themselves to the waves

Weekly Photo Challenge: Love

bolinas_december_2009_001We will hear the thoughts below later this week when 1 Corinthians 13 is quoted. Today we hear from Reinhold Niebuhr.

Nothing worth doing is completed in our lifetime; therefore, we must be saved by hope. Nothing true or beautiful makes complete sense in any immediate context of history; therefore, we must be saved by faith. Nothing we do, however virtuous, can be accomplished alone; therefore, we are saved by love.