What we reflected on in the weeks ending September 2nd


Last night as I was sleeping, I dreamt that I had a beehive here in my heart and the golden bees were making white combs and sweet honey from my old failures.  Anthony Machard – Heart of my Failures


Is there suffering upon this new earth? On our earth we can only love with suffering and through suffering. We cannot love otherwise, and we know of no other sort of love.  Fyodor Dostoevsky – The Dream of a Ridiculous Man 

That is my simple definition of suffering: whenever we are not in control.  Richard Rohr – The Naked Now

When we are stricken and cannot bear our lives any longer, then a tree has something to say to us: Be still! Be still! Look at me! Life is not easy, life is not difficult. Those are childish thoughts. . . . Home is neither here nor there. Home is within you, or home is nowhere at all. Hermann Hesse – Baume Betrachtungen und Gedichte


The eternal test of character — our great moral triumph — is the ability to face our own imperfections with composure, reflecting on them with lucid and luminous determination to do better. Maria Popova


The blending of light and darkness into beauty is love.

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