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Thoughts on Hope – 15

ssc_fuschiaHope has two beautiful daughters – their names are anger and courage; anger at the way things are, and courage to see that they do not remain the way they are.

– St. Augustine

Nature Holds Eternity

What nature delivers to us is never stale. Because what nature creates has eternity in it.
– Isaac Bashevis Singer

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Kindness . . . Foundational to All Spiritual Traditions

The Buddha sad,

If you propose to speak, always ask yourself, is it true, is it necessary, is it kind.

So very similar to Paul’s words in his letter to the Ephesians:

Instead, speaking the truth in love, we will grow to become in every respect the mature body of him who is the head, that is, Christ. (Ephesians 4:15)

Creation speaks to us of beauty and kindness

Wisdom Must Be Cultivated

We all know about the wisdom of Solomon, and how he asked God for this gift above all others. In yesterday’s reading we saw how his fame had spread to the Queen of Sheba, so great was his wisdom.

All that fame, renown, and acclaim must have gone to his head, for we read today, in 1 Kings 11, that he turned away from God and ended up displeasing the very One who had given him such a tremendous gift. Not a very smart move!

We are all given gifts and talents, and we must practice so as not to lose them.

Fuschia in Santa Sabina Center garden

Let us cultivate
wisdom,
kindness,
compassion,
generosity,
joy,
peace,
gentleness,
hope,
faith,
gratitude . . .

Please add to the list.

 

Say Thank You Until You Mean It

I love this piece by Melody Beattie, and read it often, so as to remind me to the wisdom of Gratitude. We used it as part of our morning prayer yesterday, Thanksgiving Day, at St. Margaret Convent before going to the Ultimate Celebration of Gratitude: Eucharist. For the word Eucharist means Gratitude.

Say thank you till you mean it!

Say thank you, until you mean it.

Thank God, life, and the universe for everyone and everything sent your way.

Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend. It turns problems into gifts, failures into successes, the unexpected into perfect timing, and mistakes into important events. It can turn an existence into a real life, and disconnected situations into important and beneficial lessons. Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow.

Gratitude makes things right.

Gratitude turns negative energy into positive energy. There is no situation or circumstance so small or large that it is not susceptible to gratitude’s power. We can start with who we are and what we have today, apply gratitude, then let it work its magic.

Say thank you, until you mean it. If you say it long enough, you will believe it.

Melody Beattie in The Language of Letting Go