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Divine image

For Mercy has a human heart,

Pity a human face,

and Love, the human form divine,

and Peace, the human dress.

— William Blake, “The Divine Image”

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See in the dark

The wager is this: that this other way of thinking actually exists in you, this level that knows how to sail in the fog, see in the dark.

— Cynthia Bourgeault, Mystical Hope

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Holy darkness

God’s dream for you is reunion and integration. In what ways do you need to gather up who you really are? Are you willing to explore the recesses of your soul? You may be surprised to discover many treasures waiting in the holy darkness of your life.

— Macrina Wiederkehr, Gold in Your Memories, p. 148

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Lap of God

Although there were many meadows of wildflowers on our family farm in the spring and summer, my favorite was nestled in the northwest corner on the edge of the forest. At the entrance of the forest, thick carpets of green moss flourished. Mingled in with the bright green moss and extending into the north meadow, buttercups grew in abundance.

That field of buttercups was the lap of God for me. It was a meadow of hospitality, a sanctuary for my fears. It was like going to a parent for comfort. I felt at peace there. It was as though some kind of holy energy oozed out of the ground and filled me with God.

— Macrina Wiederkehr, Gold in Your Memories, p. 22

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Poet in residence

Look all around you. Look well! Invite the “poet in residence” in your soul to accompany you through this day. There’s a whole world of memories out there waiting to be made. Live well, my friend. Stay well. Remember well. Make new memories. And abide!

— Macrina Wiederkehr, Gold in Your Memories, p. 156

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Ingenuity

I am always humbled by the infinite ingenuity of the Lord, who can make a red barn cast a blue shadow.

— E. B. White, in Daily Inspirations for Women, p. 36

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Re-grounding

Having young kids, I am rarely alone with my thoughts. Someone always needs a drink of water or a clean shirt or urgent help getting the toy car out from under the sofa. I’ve learned to be mindful of God’s presence in all those moments, even when I’m flat on my stomach sweeping small vehicles and stale Cheerios out from underneath the furniture.

But there are times when I turn to Scott and say, “I just need a few minutes alone.” I retreat to the bedroom and close the door and lie down, staring at the light blue walls, breathing in the silence. I could feel guilty for needing to escape, but I don’t. Even Jesus needed to get away from the crowds every now and then, in order to re-ground himself and come back to the world refreshed.

— Ginny Kubitz Moyer, in Daily Inspiration for Women, p. 42

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