all the possibilities and challenges

You do not need to know precisely what is happening,
or exactly where it is all going.
What you need is to recognize the possibilities and challenges
offered by the present moment,
and to embrace them with courage, faith, and hope.

Quote: Thomas Merton
Photo: Linda Hannum

thank you, 

Begin with gratitude

“To be grateful is to recognize the Love of God in everything He has given us—and He has given us everything. Every breath we draw is a gift of His love, every moment of existence is a grace, for it brings with it immense graces from Him. Gratitude, therefore, takes nothing for granted, is never unresponsive, is constantly awakening to new wonder and to praise of the goodness of God. For the grateful person knows that God is good, not by hearsay but by experience. And that is what makes all the difference.”

Quote: Thomas Merton

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An adventure and a challenge

How hard is it – To not know exactly what is happening? To worry can make confusion and fear circle the mind and spirit.  

How hard is it -To not know where it is all going? To worry can cause a freeze as one  attempts to control something that cannot be controlled. .  

Thank you, Thomas Merton. May we take steps needed on this journey – brave and filled with hope. 

the practice of waiting…


“Waiting, waiting, waiting. Our spiritual lives are a vigil of waiting. We wait with hope for the advent of God. Yet as we wait for God, God is already here with us. And we are with God, yet not fully so, and so we wait, living with paradox and expectancy. Spiritual transformation never ends…it is always new, forever beginning, constantly evolving..”

Yesterday we celebrated Thomas Merton’s life and remembered his wisdom. He was an honest seeker – sharing his struggles and inspirations. In this season of waiting – may these words inspire our own time of reflection and quiet.

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