The plum is for courage

A Japanese friend explained to me... "the plum [is] for courage because the plum puts forth blossoms while the snow is still on the ground."

~ Anne Morrow Lindbergh in GIFT FROM THE SEA

Hope is some extraordinary spiritual grace

Hope is some extraordinary spiritual grace that God gives us to control our fears, not to oust them.

~ Vincent McNabb

A blessing of fear

A blessing of fear in these years is that it invites us to become the fullness of ourselves. It comes to us in the nighttime of the soul to tell us to rise to new selves in fresh and exciting ways—for our sake, of course, but for the sake of the rest of the world, as well.

~ Joan Chittister in THE GIFT OF YEARS

The only courage that is demanded of us

At the bottom the only courage that is demanded of us is to have courage for the most strange, the most singular, and the most inexplicable that we may encounter. That humankind has in this sense been cowardly, has done life endless harm; the whole so-called "spirit-world," death, all those things that are so akin to us, have by daily parrying been so crowded out of life that the senses with which we could have grasped them are atrophied. To say nothing of God.
~ from LETTERS TO A YOUNG POET by Rainier Maria Rilke

Life shrinks or expands

Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one's courage.
~ Anais Nin

It is as if God planted a great big kiss in the middle of our spirit

It is as if God planted a great big kiss in the middle of our spirit and all the wounds, doubts, and guilt feelings were healed at the same moment. The experience of being loved by the Ultimate Mystery banishes every fear.

~ Thomas Keating

Let nothing disturb you

Let nothing disturb you;
Let nothing make you afraid;
All things pass;
Yet God is unchanging.
Is enough for everything.
You who have God
Lack nothing.
God alone is sufficient.
~ Teresa of Avila

The enemy is fear

The enemy is fear. We think it is hate; but it is really fear.
~ Gandhi

Courage is a willingness to act from the heart

Our word "courage" comes form the French word coeur, "heart." Courage is a willingness to act from the heart, to let your heart lead the way, not knowing what will be required of you next, and if you can do it.

~ Jean Shinoda Bolen in GODS IN EVERYMAN

The spiritual gifts of simplicity

It came to me while reflecting on that woodland encounter with the night that there are two very valuable spiritual gifts that simplicity gives to us. It seems the more we can strip our lives down to essentials, the more deliberately and awake we can live; with few wants and more time for silence and contemplation, the more we have access to our inner resources. The more lightly we walk on this earth, the more she gives to us. I call these spiritual gifts inner smiling and outgoingness of the heart.

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