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We Are Filled with Joy!

Today is the 5th Sunday of Lent. Like last week, our Responsorial Psalm gives us a phrase that we can hold with us throughout the week.

The Lord has done great things for us; we are filled with joy. 

– from Psalm 126

Nothing can fill my heart with joy like poppies can!!

Nothing can fill my heart with joy like poppies can!!

Nature and Wisdom

What does nature say?

What does nature say?

Never does nature say one thing and wisdom another.

– Juvenal

 

Gratefulness is the Key

In moments of surprise we catch at least a glimpse of the joy to which gratefulness opens the door.

– David Steindl-Rast, Gratefulness, the Heart of Prayer

Poppies always help create a sense of gratitude within me

Poppies always help create a sense of gratitude within me

Share a Kind Word Today

A kind word is like a spring day.

• Russian Proverb

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Today is the Feast of St. Teresa of Avila

The Spanish countryside and bright red poppies, with which St. Teresa would have become well accustomed on her journeys

The Spanish countryside and bright red poppies, with which St. Teresa would have become well accustomed on her journeys

Saint Teresa of Avila was a very strong woman who reformed the Carmelite Order, and is one of the three women doctors of the Church, along with Saints Therese of Lisieux (another Carmelite) and Catherine of Siena (a Dominican).

For prayer is nothing else than being on the terms of friendship with God.

– St. Teresa of Avila

Where Do We Find the Kingdom of God?

To find the kingdom is the easiest thing in the world but also the most difficult. Easy because it is all around you and within you, and all you have to do is reach out and take possession of it. Difficult because if you wish to possess the kingdom you may possess nothing else. 

– Anthony de Mello, The Way to Love

It is even at our feet!

It is even at our feet!

May Hatred Be Transformed by Beauty

May those whose hell it is to hate and hurt be turned into lovers bringing flowers.

– Shantideva, 8th century Buddhist teacher

What can bring more joy than a patch of golden poppies?

What can bring more joy than a patch of golden poppies?