A Tree Full of Angels Macrina Wiederkehr The Benedictine tradition and practice of divine reading made accessible for everyone.
"I choose to see us as God beholds us: blessed, good, holy, noble, full of potential and exciting possibility."
"Made of the earth, yet steeped in eternity; frail human dust, yet soaked with infinity."
"Linger awhile over each person you meet, each person you live with, each relationship, even those people you see walking through the crowds, the strangers you do not know. Look on them with love. Contemplate them. Take them into your heart."
"Let us try to take seriously the call to be divinized and stop hiding behind the mask of our frailty. There are hints of glory in our lives that yearn for fulfillment. The ache for God lives on in our depths. It gnaws at us and cries out to be named."
"Real Presence is everywhere, and those with the hearts of children revel in it."
"Our birth cry is a divine cry. It is God's cry meshed with our own."
"You live in a world of theophanies. 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."
"There is a table to which we are invited each day. It offers us trees and stones, sunshine and stars, eagles and angels, roots and water, joy and sorrow, earth and fire, flesh and blood, storms and memories, words and silence, spiders and webs, night and day, death and life, crusts and loaves. It is the table that Love prepares for us each moment. It is the table of daily life. Freely we are invited to come and eat."
"God has pitched a tent in our hearts. We are dwelling places for the Beloved."
"Prayer does nothing to make God more present, for God is always present. Prayer is our response to the presence of God in our lives."
"I believe there is a Great Weaver in the heavens, and she is slowly spinning a web that will make heaven and earth one. Let's not break the sacred web."
"It still all comes down to the same thing. Life is beautiful. And I believe in God. And I want to be there right in the thick of what people call 'horror' and still be able to say: Life is beautiful." Etty Hillesum, 29-year-old Jewish woman who died at Auschwitz, November, 1943, 'An Interrupted Life'
"We have the capacity to be filled with the utter fullness of God."
"The incarnational aspect of Christianity reminds us that all of life is full of God. God is in all."
"To be divinized is your destiny. Your original union yearns for a place in your life."
"Implanted in us is a seed of the divine."
"Trust in God's embrace."
"Life doesn't work without love."
"You are pure capacity for God….God has a plan for you."
"There is nothing – no thing, no person, no experience, no thought, no joy or pain – that cannot be harvested and used for nourishment on our journey to God."
"Every experience, every thought, every word, every person in your life is a part of a larger picture of your growth….they can be nourishing if you give them your real presence."
"Think of the words that have been spoken, written, and sung throughout the ages. The human story is continually told through the great works of literature, history, psychology, science, and so on. Our response to all words, if we want them to feed us, is to listen and connect them to our lives."
"Remember the sanctuary within. You carry God wherever you go."
"My tears know more than I know. That's why it's so important to listen to them, to pray with them."
"Fairy tales and myths have often been used as vehicles to teach a truth that is too deep for ordinary words."