Category Archives: quotations and poetry

what is beautiful belongs to the eternal

Simone Weil wrote, “All the natural movements of the soul are controlled by laws analogous to those of physical gravity. Grace is the only exception.” I had spent years trying to understand what she meant, but I think I was beginning to comprehend now – that there are those supernatural physics that allow for a […]

my awe at the gift of life

What I know for sure is this: We come from mystery and we return to mystery. I arrived here with no bad memories of wherever I’d come from, so I have no good reason to fear the place to which I’ll return. And I know this, too: Standing closer to the reality of death awakens […]

love and loss conjoined

I wanted her to see that the only life worth living is a life full of love; that loss is always part of the occasion; that love and loss conjoined are the best opportunity we get to live fully, to be our strongest, our most compassionate, our most graceful selves. -Pam Houston This is one […]

Conscious of our treasures

On Monday night, I watched part of Whit’s hockey practice.  I stood at the end of the rink, watching him through the scuffed plexiglass (I can always identify him because he has red laces in his skates), and was overcome with a swell of contentment.  Thornton Wilder’s words, which always remind me of Aidan, rose […]

joy to be found

I am still full of questions, but life has taught me this: Love moves with us.  Always, there is joy to be found. -Connie Schultz Yet another perfect quote that I found on First Sip.

what is

A man should look for what is, and not for what he thinks should be. – Albert Einstein

even so

And did you get what you wanted from this life, even so? I did. And what did you want? To call myself beloved, to feel myself beloved on the earth. -Raymond Carver, Late Fragment Thank you to my friend Anne for sending this short video, which ends with reference to this poem, one of my […]

the wonder and the terror

The art of being a warrior is to balance the wonder and the terror of being alive. -Carlos Castaneda Thank you to Lindsey Rainwater, in whose Twitter feed I found this lovely quote.

Holiness comes wrapped in the ordinary

Holiness comes wrapped in the ordinary. There are burning bushes all around you. Every tree is full of angels. Hidden beauty is waiting in every crumb. – Plato I found this quote, the first sentence of which is as good an encapsulation of what I believe as I’ve ever read, on Kerry Landreth’s beautiful blog, […]

the same thing

In the end we discover that to love and let go can be the same thing. – Jack Kornfield