Sunday, October 31, 2010

Blessings abound

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I deal better with curses when I remind myself that blessings abound, just as I deal better with my shadows when I remember that forgiveness is real.

Parker J. Palmer, The Promise of Paradox: A Celebration of Contradictions in the Christian Life

Saturday, October 30, 2010

A place called community

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We expect a theophany of which we know nothing but the place, and the place is called community.

Martin Buber, Between Man and Men

Friday, October 29, 2010

Carrying a sun

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Hasta el más pequeño de los seres lleva un sol en los ojos.

Even the smallest of creatures carries a sun in its eyes.

Antonia Porchia, Voices, translated by W.S. Merwin

Thursday, October 28, 2010


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Where is the Life we have lost in living?
Where is the wisdom we have lost in knowledge?
Where is the knowledge we have lost in information?

T. S. Eliot, Choruses from The Rock

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

By invocation

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We are not lacking in the dynamic forces needed to create the future. We live immersed in a sea of energy beyond all comprehension. But this energy, in an ultimate sense, is ours not by domination but by invocation.

Thomas Berry

Tuesday, October 26, 2010


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Habla con su propia palabra sólo la herida.

Only the wound speaks its own word.

Antonio Porchia, Voices, translated by W.S. Merwn

Monday, October 25, 2010

Birthing your images

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You must give birth to your images.
They are the future waiting to be born.
Fear not the strangeness you feel.
The future must enter you long before it happens.
Just wait for the birth,
for the hour of new clarity.

Rainer Maria Rilke

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Theological Reflection

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Theological reflection is the discipline of exploring individual and corporate experience in conversation with the wisdom of a religious heritage . . . Our reflection is rooted in our human drive to understand, to make the truest and richest meaning possible of our lives.

Patricia O’Connell Killen and John de Beer, The Art of Theological Reflection

Saturday, October 23, 2010


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The self-parent is the part of us we develop to respond appropriately to the inner child, to fill the gaps in our development and allow us to proceed in life as an integrated, whole person.

Christina Baldwin, One to One

Friday, October 22, 2010


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Where is home? On the one hand, “home” is a mythic place of desire in the diasporic imagination. In this sense it is a place of no return, even if it is possible to visit geographical territory that is seen as the place of “origin.” On the other hand, home is also the lived experience of a locality.

Avtar Brah, Cartographics of Diaspora: Contesting Identities

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Our own beauty

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To really accept the beauty of the world, we must have a place in ourselves that understands our own beauty, that accepts the experience of beauty and ecstasy from within.

Christina Baldwin, One to One

Wednesday, October 20, 2010


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The presence of questions already indicates the presence of dialogue: someone in your mind is asking; someone in your mind is responding.

Christina Baldwin, One on One

Tuesday, October 19, 2010


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Photography is the poetry of the moment, illuminated by the beauty of light.

Paul Sanderson, poet & musician

Monday, October 18, 2010


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Memory is the layer of richness we spread over our lives like icing. Memory explains to us what things mean, why we have feelings about certain people, moments, or events.

Christina Baldwin, One to One

Sunday, October 17, 2010


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We light a light
in the name of the God who creates life,
in the name of the Saviour who loves life,
in the name of the Spirit who is the fire of life.

J. Philip Newell, Celtic Treasure: Daily Scripture and Prayer

Saturday, October 16, 2010

My road

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Antes de recorrer mi camino yo era mi camino.

Before I travelled my road I was my road.

Antonio Porchia, Voices, translated by W.S. Merwin

Friday, October 15, 2010

Raise your eyes

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If you do not raise your eyes you will think that you are the highest point.

Antonio Porchia, Voices, translated by W.S. Merwin

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Inner child

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There is in each of us a continuing presence of the child we once were. ... The first child in need of "raising" is the inner child.

Christina Baldwin, One to One

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Live the questions

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Be patient toward all that is unresolved in your heart and try to love the questions themselves. … Live the questions now. Perhaps you will then gradually, without noticing it, live along some distant day into the answer. 

Rainer Maria Rilke, Letters to a Young Poet

Tuesday, October 12, 2010


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A door opens to me.  I go in and am faced with a hundred closed doors.

Antonio Porchia, Voices

Monday, October 11, 2010

Sunday, October 10, 2010


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Quien ha visto vaciarse todo, casi sabe de qué se llena todo.

He who has seen everything empty itself is close to knowing what everything is filled with.

Antonio Porchia, Voices

Saturday, October 9, 2010


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I pin my hope to quiet processes and small circles, in which vital and transforming events take place.

Rufus Jones

Friday, October 8, 2010


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Our disasters come from letting nothing live for itself,
from the beginning we have to pull everything, even
friends, into ourselves, and let nothing alone.

Robert Bly, The Morning Glory: Prose Poems

Thursday, October 7, 2010


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Imagination is intervention, an act of defiance.  It alters belief.

David Mura, Japanese American Writer

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

World-changing work

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People teach as an act of construction and reconstruction and as a gift of oneself to others. I teach in the hope of making the world a better place.

Bill Ayers, To Teach: The Journey of a Teacher

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Now I Become Myself

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Now I become myself. It's taken
Time, many years and places;
I have been dissolved and shaken,
Worn other people's faces . . .

Mary Sarton, Now I Become Myself

Monday, October 4, 2010

Arts in a city

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The purpose of the arts in a city is to make a city fall in love with itself. Such a city knows passion as its source.

Pier Giorgio Di Cicco, Municipal Mind: Manisfestos for the Creative City

Sunday, October 3, 2010

Feeding others

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To feed others means acknowledging our own hunger and at the same time acknowledging the amazing abundance we’re fed by God.

Sara Miles, Take This Bread: A Radical Conversion

Saturday, October 2, 2010

Friday, October 1, 2010


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Forgiveness is not a moment. It is a way of life.

Commissioner Christine Macmillan, Salvation Army International Social Justice Commission