A Tree Full of Angels Macrina Wiederkehr The Benedictine tradition and practice of divine reading made accessible for everyone.
"Trust in God's embrace."
"You are pure capacity for God….God has a plan for you."
"We are rooted in an earth that God has proclaimed good. Here on this good earth we have become flesh with the seed of God hidden in us."
"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."
"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."
"Implanted in us is a seed of the divine."
"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."
"Made of the earth, yet steeped in eternity; frail human dust, yet soaked with infinity."
"To be divinized is your destiny. Your original union yearns for a place in your life."
"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."
"God's grace is more available than we dare to believe. It's a bit like the little fish who swam up to its mother and asked, 'What is the ocean?' 'You're in it', said the mother. But the little fish swam away disappointed, saying, 'No, this is just water. I want to know what the ocean is.'"
"We are frail and glorious creatures. Our frailty need not cripple us; our glory need not be denied. Embraced and cherished as part of the process that we are, these qualities become God's greatest advantage in our lives."
"Remember the sanctuary within. You carry God wherever you go."
"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'
"O Most Creaive One, ever bringing me to new life…O Most Powerful One, empowering me for life's journey…O Indwelling One, calling me to my Center…O Beloved One, loving me as I am."
"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 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."
"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."
"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."
"Each of us is called to be bread for the world. Our lives are meant to nourish."
"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."
"I choose to see us as God beholds us: blessed, good, holy, noble, full of potential and exciting possibility."
"Real Presence is everywhere, and those with the hearts of children revel in it."