Bumblings

If you think of this world as a place intended simply for our happiness, you find it quite intolerable: think of it as a place of training and correction and it’s not so bad.

—C.S. Lewis

Jesus is always on the side of the crucified ones, and I believe he changes sides in the twinkling of an eye. He is not loyal to the person, or even less the group; Jesus is loyal to suffering.

—Peter Dumitriu

All knowing of truth can happen only inside a previous “tacit knowing” that is silent, unconscious, and unspoken- even to us. Text is always untrue or at least incomplete outside of context.

—Michael Polyani

Cuddly little lamb.

Cuddly little lamb.

Once a Young Woman Said to Me

Once a young woman said to me, “Hafiz, what
Is the sign of someone who knows God?”

I became very quiet, and looked deep into her
Eyes, then replied,

"My dear, they have dropped the knife. Someone
Who knows God has dropped the cruel knife

That most so often use upon their tender self and others.”

-Hafiz

Grace leads the dance, I will make music. You shall all dance in a ring. I will lament, you shall all beat your breasts. I will flee, and I will stay. I will adorn, and I will be adorned. I will be united, and I will unite. I have no house, and I have houses. I have no home, and I have homes. I have no temple, and I have temples. I am a lamp to you who perceive me. I am a door to you who knock at me. I am a way to you, a traveler. Join yourself now to my dancing.

—“Dance Hymn” from Acts of John

what can i say, the boy loves lilacs.

what can i say, the boy loves lilacs.

All dat GREEN.

All dat GREEN.

Charity is the live wire along which the power of God, indwelling our finite spirits, can and does act on other souls and other things, rescuing, healing, giving support and light. Such secret intercessory prayer ought to penetrate and accompany all our active work. It is the supreme expression of the spiritual life on earth. It moves from God to others through us, because we have ceased to be self-centered units, but are woven into the great fabric of praying souls, the ‘mystical body’ through which the work of Christ on earth goes on being done.

—Evelyn Underhill