kiss the old goodbye…

st. francis leading the journeys...

getting ready for a new year & sighing just a little…

she’s a little daring, yes? brave? yes…..& absolutely wonderful….

a bit of an ode to all of the gentler souls out there….may you be seen & heard….held gently…

this brings up the ideal of Grace…….listen here…..

The gift of Grace is an astonishing thing, no matter how often we have witnessed it. It always feels fresh.

To the extent that prayer reaches up, Grace reaches down. The gravity of the situation demands it.

Some conceive of Grace as the tangible entry of our deepest dimensions into our everyday life, appearing in whatever form fits our prevailing frame of reference. Others conceive of Grace as the tangible entry of something beyond us. But however we choose to think of Grace, it exists. It doesn’t matter if we’re religious, agnostic, or atheistic. It doesn’t matter what our status is. It doesn’t matter how high we’ve been, or how low. Grace simply persists.

When Grace shows up, we usually register it at least to some degree, whether we acknowledge it or not. We cannot engineer Grace, but we can deepen our receptivity to it, making room for it, knowing that we don’t know when it will show up, nor in what form it will arrive.

In the same sense that Life could be said to be the Poetry of Being, and Intimacy the Poetry of Relationship, and Beauty the Poetry of Appearance, Grace could be said to be the Poetry of Opportunity.

May Grace touch you, and may you know that it is touching you. Feel it now. Don’t mind your mind’s possible denial of it. Invite it in, even though it’s already here. Serve it even as it serves you. Don’t make an idol out of it, for it is as natural to us as our breath. And rest in its mystery, knowing you’ll never really figure it out……..Robert Augustus

may Grace find you in the new year….

Grace means more than gifts. In grace something is transcended, once and for all overcome. Grace happens in spite of something; it happens in spite of separateness and alienation. Grace means that life is once again united with life, self is reconciled with self. Grace means accepting the abandoned one. Grace transforms fate into a meaningful vocation. It transforms guilt to trust and courage. The word grace has something triumphant in it.

– Yrjo Kallinen

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