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Behold the Grass

Behold the grass, the flowerets, and the shrubsWhich of itself alone this land produces. – Dante Alighieri, Canto XXVII, lines 134–135 (tr. Longfellow). This month, on November 12th, Santa Sabina Center’s online retreat is “Finding Our Way through the Dark Woods: A Retreat with… Continue Reading “Behold the Grass”

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

Nature and Wisdom

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

Share a Kind Word Today

A kind word is like a spring day. • Russian Proverb

Today is the Feast of St. Teresa of Avila

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… Continue Reading “Today is the Feast of 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… Continue Reading “Where Do We Find the Kingdom of God?”

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

The Wisdom of Heschel

To pray is to take notice of the wonder, to regain a sense of the mystery that animates all beings, the divine margin in all attainments. Prayer is our humble answer to the inconceivable surprise of living. It is all we can offer in… Continue Reading “The Wisdom of Heschel”

How to Find Peace

According to Brother David Steindl-Rast, We are never more than one grateful thought away from peace of heart.