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focus word: practice

 

focus word: practice

This image reminds me of Mother Teresa’s idea to continuous creating little drops of oil into a lamp, and that the love does not have to be extraordinary, but little, but in this image, it is like a stairway to heaven, each practice makes a step that carries you higher:

 

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Listen to the Birds

 

“To live content with small means; to seek elegance rather than luxury, and refinement rather than fashion, to be worthy, not respectable, and wealthy, not rich, to study hard, think quietly, talk gently, act frankly, to listen to stars and birds, to babes and sages, with open heart; to bear all cheerfully, do all bravely, await occasions, hurry never, in a word, to let the spiritual, unbidden and unconscious, grow up through the common, this is to be my symphony.”

—William Henry Channing

 

This is a digital collage of a statue of St. Francis I saw at San Damiano Retreat in Danville, California, and an abstract white bird I found at the steps to the Poor Clares at Immaculate Heart Monastery.

This is available as a greeting card at my Etsy shop.

 




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Love is Her Signature

 

“The poetry of the earth is never dead.”

~John Keats
 

“After all, I don’t see why I am always asking for private, individual, selfish miracles when every year there are miracles like white dogwood.”

~Anne Morrow Lindbergh

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Everyday Sacred

 “And what ruled do you think I walked by? Truly a strange one, but the best in the whole world. I was guided by an implicit faith in God’s common things. For thus I thought within myself: God being, as generally believed, infinite in goodness, it is most consonant and agreeable with His nature that the best things should be most common.”

—Thomas Traherne, quoted in “Words to Live By” by Eknath Easwaran, Nilgiri Press

 




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