The absence of daily posts has been due to a tremendous gift from my family of days out of the city and in the countryside, where I watched as finally winter surrendered to spring, the snow melted away, swans, blue birds, robins, hawks, snow geese, among others, returned. The music of their songs joined that special sound of spring waters running over rocks, the trees swaying in the wind making their own music, the night skies, not hampered by city lights, dazzling with innumerable stars.
The silence away from city traffic, even the reduced traffic of this temporary new normal is a persistent hum gladly missed!
I was far enough out of the city no reliable internet, even if I had wanted to post anything, so instead decided each day to draw one sentence from the day’s spiritual reading.
The first was in a letter from a friend which arrived the day before I left: We are not human beings having a spiritual experience. We are spiritual beings having a human experience. ~ Pierre Teilhard de Chardin
Each human act has a redemptive value whether dusting a shelf or feeding the hungry. ~ Catherine Doherty.
This is the real power of joy, to make us certain that, beneath all grief, the most fundamental of realities is joy itself. ~ Sister Wendy Beckett
Speaking about the police who, in Jn.7:45ff, refused to arrest Jesus: The vocation of policeman was sanctified that day when these officers refused to arrest the Saviour. ~ Bishop Fulton Sheen
Do good to one who wrongs you, and God will be your friend. ~ St. Anthony the Great
For me God’s gift of freedom and life in Christ are inseparable from my life in the Church. ~ Robert D. Pelton.
The heart has its reasons that reason doesn’t know. ~ Blaise Paschal
Real love does not reason, does not measure, does not create barriers, does not calculate, does not remember offenses and does not impose conditions. ~ Francis Cardinal Nguyen Van Thuan
In our generation and culture, we have to rediscover the value of suffering in general and learn that suffering can be very positive in helping us to mature, to become more “ourselves” and to be closer to the Lord, Who suffered for us and suffers within us. ~ Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI
The best prayer always occurs beyond words, in movements toward God of the heart, the will, the body. ~ Erasmo Leiva-Merikakis
Everything you do has meaning because of who you are. ~ St. John Paul II
Struggle and battle are normal in life. ~ Pope Francis
The God of all grace who called you to His eternal glory through Christ Jesus will Himself restore, confirm, strengthen, and establish you after you have suffered a little. ~ 1 Pt. 5: 10
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