|A Cottage by the Sea||
She would rather stay home and, in the witching hours, be immersed in a novel—reading being her way to connect with the universe.
True beauty always seems to bear with it a note of gentle sadness, sometimes very poignant; and it may well puzzle us why this should be so.
Being able-bodied is a temporary condition. Bearing suffering well is a spiritual gift.
The man who loves power can, with most idealistic motives, seek to gratify this love not only by exercising his power over his contemporaries but even by building his will into the structure of the institution, so that later generations will go on being dominated by him long after his death.
Thomas Merton, Contemplation in a World of Action
May you grow still enough to hear the stir of a single snowflake in the air, so that your inner silence may turn into hushed expectation.
Br. David Steindl-Rast