True Marvels

The shepherds have just seen a vision of angels and heard them singing and praising God.

But the shepherds do not comment on or sensationalize this marvel. Instead, they begin a quest.

True marvels lead us and rouse us to go forth.

(Msgr. Brian Mansfield)

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The saddest people

“And then sometimes I think the people to feel saddest for are people who once knew what profoundness was, but who lost or became numb to the sensation of wonder–people who closed the doors that leads us into the secret world–or who had the doors closed for them by time and neglect and decisions made in times of weakness.”

— Douglas Coupland, from Life After God (Simon & Schuster, 2002)

Memorize poetry

“Memorize poetry, treasure beautiful words, write them on the walls of your heart. Then, when deep, unspeakable things happen— a glorious sunset, a broken heart, great love and great grief— you will have words to honour the abundant mystery and beauty of life.” (Joy Clarkson)