… Everything will disappear into this thick water,
into last night when we told each other
what we had kept secret for years.
It’s dangerous to dream along, to ignore
natural disaster. We point the car
toward the horizon, wanting to be a point
on its line, a place of motion, nothing more.
Once that water’s gone, they’re not gonna have homes to go to … I can relate, ’cause I’ve been there. — John Bridgers
Every cry, with the individual throb of suffering it expresses, is falling, cry for cry, not on deaf ears, but on the heart of God. If God is hidden, God is hidden within the suffering. —J. Gerald Janzen
We must build dikes of courage to hold back the flood of fear. — Martin Luther King Jr.
We have lived through a flood time of fascism and of the nazism which ran its meteoric course at a cost to mankind in suffering and waste beyond all computation. — Emily Greene Balch
Do not pray for tasks equal to your powers. Pray for powers equal to your tasks! Then the doing of your work shall be no miracle. But you shall be a miracle. Every day you shall wonder at yourself, at the richness of life which has come to you by the grace of God. — Phillips Brooks
— Gregory Orr
With the family’s permission, we share that Richard (Dick) Shuman died this morning, Saturday, Aug 26. His family was with him; he was comfortable and pain-free.
The family expresses gratitude for the support they have already received; later they will share more details about arrangements and ways to honor his life. Please hold the family in your prayers.
translated by Thomas James Merton
Sometimes even to live is an act of courage. — Seneca
We cannot wish that human beings were not subject to the forces of nature, including the mortality… we cannot wish for the seas to dry up, that the waves grow still, that the tectonic plates cease to exist, that nature ceases to be beyond our abilities to predict and control… But the terms of that nature include such catastrophe and suffering, which leaves us with sorrow as not a problem to be solved but a fact. And it leaves us with compassion as the work we will never finish. — Rebecca Solnit, Storming the Gates of Paradise: Landscapes for Politics
When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, ‘Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.’ To this day, especially in times of ‘disaster,’ I remember my mother’s words and I am always comforted by realizing that there are still so many helpers–so many caring people in this world. — Fred Rogers
Never confuse movement with action. — Ernest Hemingway
The future depends on what you do today. — Mahatma Gandhi
You are what you do, not what you say you’ll do. — C.G. Jung
We don’t always feel God’s presence, just as we don’t feel the sun on a rainy day. But the presence never grows dim, and the confidence that it is there and will shine again keeps us hopeful. — Evan Drake Howard
Theologians talk about a prevenient grace that precedes grace itself and allows us to accept it. I think there must also be a prevenient courage that allows us to be brave–that is, to acknowledge that there is more beauty than our eyes can bear, that precious things have been put into our hands and to do nothing to honor them is to do great harm. And therefore, this courage allows us, as the old men said, to make ourselves useful. It allows us to be generous, which is another way of saying exactly the same thing. — Marilynne Robinson, Gilead
Bon Dieu! may I some day do something truly great. amen. — e.e. cummings
Be great in little things. — Francis Xavier
I am not a champion of lost causes, but of causes not yet won. — Norman Thomas
— Robert Browning
… Fool! All that is, at all,
… So, take and use Thy work: