Monday, April 22, 2019

Christ has no body

 Christ Has No Body

Christ has no body but yours,
No hands, no feet on earth but yours,
Yours are the eyes with which he looks
Compassion on this world,
Yours are the feet with which he walks to do good,
Yours are the hands, with which he blesses all the world.
Yours are the hands, yours are the feet,
Yours are the eyes, you are his body.
Christ has no body now but yours,
No hands, no feet on earth but yours,
Yours are the eyes with which he looks
compassion on this world.
Christ has no body now on earth but yours.



Teresa of Avila (1515–1582)


There is a field




Out beyond ideas of wrongdoing
and rightdoing there is a field.
I’ll meet you there.
When the soul lies down in that grass
the world is too full to talk about.
-Rumi

Sunday, April 21, 2019

Daffodils



The Daffodils
I wandered lonely as a cloud
That floats on high o'er vales and hills,
When all at once I saw a crowd,
A host, of golden daffodils;
Beside the lake, beneath the trees,
Fluttering and dancing in the breeze.
Continuous as the stars that shine
And twinkle on the Milky Way,
They stretched in never-ending line
Along the margin of a bay:
Ten thousand saw I at a glance,
Tossing their heads in sprightly dance.
The waves beside them danced, but they
Out-did the sparkling waves in glee:
A Poet could not but be gay,
In such a jocund company:
I gazed — and gazed — but little thought
What wealth the show to me had brought:
For oft, when on my couch I lie
In vacant or in pensive mood,
They flash upon that inward eye
Which is the bliss of solitude;
And then my heart with pleasure fills,
And dances with the daffodils.

William Wordsworth (1770–1850)

Sunday, April 14, 2019

The Donkey



The Donkey

When fishes flew and forests walked
And figs grew upon thorn,
Some moment when the moon was blood

Then surely I was born;
And ears like errant wings,
The devil's walking parody
On all four-footed things.
Of ancient crooked will;
Starve, scourge, deride me: I am dumb,

I keep my secret still.
One far fierce hour and sweet:
There was a shout about my ears,
And palms before my feet.



With monstrous head and sickening cry
The tattered outlaw of the earth,
Fools! For I also had my hour;

G.K. Chesterton (1874–1936)

Saturday, April 06, 2019

Do you remember the frenzy?




Do you remember the frenzy?

There was an outcry when they banned cigarettes from bars in New York. The restaurant owners were certain that disaster was imminent.
And there was panic when we began to switch to LED bulbs, with concerned citizens and opportunistic politicians proclaiming that it was the end of civilization as we know it.
And when law firms started offering women partnerships…
And when seat belts were required in cars…
And when the building codes required fire exits and accessibility ramps…
And when work rules required more training and more rest for pilots and airline crews…
And when doctors were required to wash their hands before and after delivering a baby…
Change isn’t always guaranteed to work, but change often brings the frenzy.