Saturday, November 27, 2010

Love the Animals

Love the animals. God has given them the rudiments of thought and joy untroubled. Don't trouble it, don't harass them, don't deprive them of their happiness, don't work against God's intent.

Dostoevsky, The Brothers Karamazov

Sunday, October 31, 2010

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Friday, September 3, 2010

Saturday, July 10, 2010

God's Reading List: Max Picard

When language ceases, silence begins. But it does not begin because language ceases. The absence of language simply makes the presence of Silence more apparent.

Max Picard
from The World of Silence

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Saturday, July 3, 2010

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Sunday, June 27, 2010

God's Reading List: St. Teresa of Avila

Niente ti turbi, nienti ti spaventi, tutto passa.

(Let nothing trouble you, let nothing frighten you, all things pass.)

St. Teresa of Avila

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

God's Reading List: The Case for Hermits

The Case for Hermits

Anyone who has ever protected a little boy from being bullied at school, or a little girl from some childish persecution at a party, or any natural person from any minor nuisance, knows that the being thus badgered tends to cry out, in a simple but singular English idiom, "Let me alone!" It is seldom that the child of nature breaks into the cry, "Let me enjoy the fraternal solidarity of a more socially organised group-life."

G. K. Chesterton

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

God's Reading List: Henry Beston

A year indoors is a journey along a paper calendar; a year in outer nature is the accomplishment of a tremendous ritual.

Henry Beston
From "The Outermost House"

Sunday, March 28, 2010

Fearing the Blessing of God

Forgive us, O Lord, we acknowledge ourselves as type of the common man,
Of the men and women who shut the door and sit by the fire;
Who fear the blessing of God, the loneliness of the night of God, the surrender required, the deprivation inflicted;
Who fear the injustice of men less than the justice of God;
Who fear the hand at the window; the fire in the thatch, the fist in the tavern, the push into the canal,
Less than we fear the love of God.

T.S. Eliot (from Murder in the Cathedral)

Friday, March 19, 2010

Spring Haiku

snow melts
and the village floods
with children

Kobayashi Issa