|A Cottage by the Sea||
It is a truth of the world’s major religions that the goal of God’s work—God by any name, I might add—is always healing reconciliation and not retributive justice, resurrection and not death.
I see no alternative, each of us must turn inward and destroy in himself all that he thinks he ought to destroy in others. And remember that every atom of hate we add to this world makes it still more inhospitable. Etty Hillesum
If we want to be among those who are always ready to go the second mile, which often means being quick to see another’s trouble, then we must not lose courage in our own.
Man is the creature who cannot escape himself, who know other people only in himself, and when he assert the contrary he is lying.
Most of all, we don’t want to be alone. We may long for some peace and quiet, assaulted as we are by the needs of other people all day. But we don’t want there to be no one for whom we matter. We want somebody to be there.
Barbara Cawthorne Crafton
1 in the third third of life, you may become just as miserable and prickly as ever, but you cycle through more quickly.
Perhaps the most important thing we bring to another person is the silence in us.
Rachel Naomi Remen
Patient with both friends and enemies,
you accord with the way things are.
Compassionate toward yourself,
you reconcile all being in the world.
Tao The King
I am persuaded that hopelessness is the enemy of justice; that if we allow ourselves to become hopeless, we become part of the problem.