|A Cottage by the Sea||
Heartbreak and hope are not mutually exclusive. We can be angry and sad and filled with longing for something we cannot have, and simultaneously we can be grateful for what we’ve got—aware for reasons we’d never choose, of what really matters and what doesn’t.
Lennon Flowers, quoted in www.gratefulness.org
No matter how unattractive or how dangerous the road ahead may be, it is better than the road back.
When people are bent over with the weight of suffering, they need from us only our presence.
Daniel Homan OSB and Lonni Collins Pratt
When we agree to live simply, we put ourselves outside of others’ ability to buy us off, reward us falsely, or control us by money, status, salary, punishment, and loss or gain of anything.
As you announce peace with your mouth, make sure that greater peace is in your hearts. . . . For we have been called to heal wounds, to bind up the broken, and to call home any who have lost their way.
Francis of Assisi
As soon as people are comfortably enjoying the fruits of the established system, they don’t normally want any truth beyond their comfort zone.
I have since come to believe that the cry of the cardinal, heard at random across the planet, out of every bedroom window or screened back porch, is the sound of the multitudes pleading for the one.
Charles Martin, in When Crickets Cry