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"I NEVER knew how to worship until I knew how to love." (Preacher Henry Ward Beecher in Trumpets of Jubilee; Harcourt, 1927)

STAYING ALIVE "In spite of illness, in spite even of the archenemy sorrow, one can remain alive long past the usual date of disintegration if one is unafraid of change insatiable in intellectual curiosity, interested in big things, and happy in small ways." (Edith Wharton. A Backward Glance; Touchstone, 1998)


From John O'Donohue--who says prayer is "a bridge between longing and belonging"--a reflection on the Communion of Saints for All Hallows' Eve:

"May you be blessed in the Holy Names of those who carry our pain up the mountain of transfiguration. May you know tender shelter and healing blessing when you are called to stand in the place of pain.

"May the places of darkness within you be turned towards the light. May you be granted the wisdom to avoid false resistance and when suffering knocks on the door of your life, may you be able to glimpse its hidden gift.

"May you be able to see the fruits of suffering. May memory bless and shelter you with the hard-earned light of past travail, may this give you confidence and trust. May a window of light always surprise you. May the grace of transfiguration heal your wounds.

"May you know that even though the storm might rage yet not a hair of your head will be harmed." (Eternal Echoes; Cliff Street, 1999)

"BE NOT anxious about what you have, but about what you are." (Saint Gregory the Great in The Art of Abundance; Honor Books, 1998)

PROPHETIC "To know anything at all of God's will we have to participate ... in the vision of the prophets: men and women who were always alive to the divine light concealed in the opacity of things and events, and who sometimes saw glimpses of that light where other men saw nothing but ordinary happenings." (Thomas Merton, No Man Is an Island; Harvest, 2002)

"IF THE SOUL could have known God without the world, the world would not have been created." (German mystic Meister Eckhart in The Soul of the World: A Modern Book of Hours; Harper, 1993)

LAST WORDS "The worst is done and it has been mended, and all will be well, and all will be well, and all manner of things will be well." (Saint Julian of Norwich in Seasons of Grief & Healing; Augsburg, 2000)
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Author:Hendrickson, Mary Lynn
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Date:Oct 1, 2003
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