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Sacred earth

Teach your children what we have taught our

children, that the Earth is our Mother.

Whatever befalls the Earth, befalls the children

of the Earth.

God is the God of all people …

and what is humankind without the beasts? …

all things are connected. This we know,

the Earth does not belong to humans,

humans belong to the Earth.

This we know,

all things are connected like the blood which unites one family.

All things are connected.

— Chief Sealth, Native North American Suquamish, c. 1855

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The human spirit also experiences seasons of springtime. The periods of depression and discouragement that visit our inner landscape do not last forever. Like rays of sun breaking through storm clouds, currents of hope flow through the dark walls of despondency. Blessings arise as new growth takes place. At first, we may not trust this stirring of life within especially if our winter sojourn has been intense and lengthy. Doubt and hesitation may fight against the buds of hope trying to break through. The spirit of renewal is strong, however, and eventually it gently takes over the heart.

— Joyce Rupp and Macrina Wiederkehr, The Circle of Life, p. 67

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Believe in growing

The momentum of birthing and the vibrancy of life pulse everywhere. In this season of the soul, there is awe and wonder at the changes taking place. Spring generates surprise, delight, unmitigated joy, and newly found optimism. Now is the time to enjoy what is emerging from within, to savor the taste of hope, and to trust in what the future promises. It is the time to believe in growth and to give oneself to it wholeheartedly.

— Joyce Rupp and Macrina Wiederkehr, The Circle of Life, p. 68

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Immersed in goodness

The interior spring stretches the human spirit toward growth the way the sun stretches plants. This inner movement can come about with a new job bringing affirmation and assurance of one’s abilities. The new start could come from a successful surgery, a restored relationship, or a decision to let go of an old hurt. It might be something totally unexpected like a taste of joy rising up, presenting itself as clearly as the first colorful face of a crocus smiling in the snow. Never did the human spirit believe it could feel so happy or be so immersed in the goodness of life.

— Joyce Rupp and Macrina Wiederkehr, The Circle of Life, p. 68

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The season of spring has a special ability to awaken me to joy, gratitude, and praise. The prayer of praise is an attitude of gratitude toward life. One of the things I’ve noticed about myself is that when I am grateful I feel almost impelled to reach out to others. I am pulled out of myself and long to find ways to bring joy to those around me. This prayer of praise fills me and surrounds me every spring. When I am connected with the beautiful, I feel called to give praise to the One from whom all this beauty has come.

— Macrina Wiederkehr, The Circle of Life, p. 77

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Called into prayer

When I am able to hear the voiceless invitation of the seasons of the earth, I am almost always called into prayer. I’m not referring to formal prayer but rather a natural prayer that rises spontaneously from a heart that has learned to listen to the moments. It is the prayer of being there.

— Macrina Wiederkehr, The Circle of Life, p. 77

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May crowning

Another significant part of my youth in springtime was the May Crowning event at our three-room country school. May was Mary’s month for Catholics, and each year one girl was chosen to crown the statue of Mary. We had a procession of the school children, all decked out in our finest clothes, singing songs in honor of Mary. The girls wore wreaths of flowers in their hair. The white spirea bushes were usually blooming, so that’s what we used for our wreaths. The fragrance was powerful and the white blooms, delicate. It was always a treat to be in that procession.

— Joyce Rupp, The Circle of Life, p. 87

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