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Honoring the Mystery of Life

Something precious is lost if we rush headlong into the details of life without pausing for a moment to pay homage to the mystery of life and the gift of another day.

– Kent Nerburn

It is a good thing to take time with a friend

It is a good thing to pause for a moment with a friend

Life Worth Living


Dive deeply into the miracle of life and let the tips of your wings be burnt by the flame, let your feet be lacerated by the thorns, let your heart be stirred by human emotion, and let your soul be lifted beyond the earth.

– Pir Vilayat Inayat Khan, Call of the Dervish

Wisdom from St. John of the Cross

That thou mayest have pleasure in everything, seek pleasure in nothing.
That thou mayest know everything, seek to know nothing.
That thou mayes possess all things, seek to possess nothing.
That thou mayest be everything, seek to be nothing.

-St. John of the Cross, The Ascent of Mt. Carmel

That thou mayest possess all things . . .

That thou mayest possess all things . . .

Thoughts on Hope – 1

On Optimism and Pessimism
(as opposed to authentic Hope)

An optimist says, in effect, “Don’t worry, it’s going to turn out all right.” A pessimist says, “It’s going down the drain and there’s nothing you can do about it” Both get us off the hook. Our place is on the hook. Whether things turn out for the better depends on what we do. We ought not spend our time masterminding the future, but recognize our marching order: to do the best we can for history and the planet. One of my favorite prayers was written by a 9-year old. His mother found it scribbled on a note beside his bed, “Dear God, I’m doing the best I can.”

-Huston Smith in “Datebook”, San Francisco Chronicle, May 24, 2009

How are we "on the hook"?

How are we “on the hook”?

The Earth, the Seas, the Rivers, the People . . . are God’s

Friday’s Responsorial Psalm is from Psalm 24.

The Lord’s are the earth and its fullnes;
the world and those who dwell in it.
For God founded it upon the seas
and established it upon the rivers.

Stinson Beach . . . morning fog