Saturday, January 09, 2016

You are Accepted

Grace strikes us when we are in great pain and restlessness. It strikes us when we walk through the dark valley of a meaningless and empty life. It strikes us when we feel that our separation is deeper than usual, because we have violated another life, a life which we loved, or from which we were estranged. It strikes us when our disgust for our own being, our indifference, our weakness, our hostility, and our lack of direction and composure have become intolerable to us. It strikes us when, year after year, the longed-for perfection of life does not appear, when the old compulsions reign within us as they have for decades, when despair destroys all joy and courage. Sometimes at that moment a wave of light breaks into our darkness, and it is as though a voice were saying: "You are accepted. You are accepted, accepted by that which is greater than you, and the name of which you do not know. Do not ask for the name now; perhaps you will find it later. Do not try to do anything now; perhaps later you will do much. Do not seek for anything; do not perform anything; do not intend anything. Simply accept the fact that you are accepted!" If that happens to us, we experience grace After such an experience we may not be better than before, and we may not believe more than before. But everything is transformed. In that moment, grace conquers sin, and reconciliation bridges the gulf of estrangement. And nothing is demanded of this experience, no religious or moral or intellectual presupposition, nothing but acceptance.

Paul Tillich 1886 - 1965 

Sunday, December 20, 2015

Friday, December 04, 2015

Tuesday, November 03, 2015


Happiness is a matter of one's most ordinary and everyday mode of consciousness being busy and lively and unconcerned with self.

Iris Murdoch


Realisation .... 2015

Love is the extremely difficult realisation that something other than oneself is real

Iris Murdoch

The Still Point of the Turning World

The Still Point of the Turning World ... 2015

Monday, October 12, 2015

Youth, Day, Old Age and Night

YOUTH, large, lusty, loving—youth full of grace, force, fascination,
Do you know that Old Age may come after you with equal grace,
force, fascination?

Day full-blown and splendid—day of the immense sun, action,
ambition, laughter,
The Night follows close with millions of suns, and sleep and
restoring darkness.

Walt Whitman 1881

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Cornish Stones ... 2013

Catechumen .... 2013 .... (Collage on Board)

Monday, March 18, 2013

Sunday, January 13, 2013

Victory ... 2013

Victory ... 2013

Who speaks of victory? To endure is all.

Rainer Maria Rilke 

Skull ... 2013

Skull ... 2013

Surrender ... 2013


Surrender ... 2013

He who surrenders in his fall
Dives into the Source and is healed

Rainer Maria Rilke

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Saturday, April 07, 2012

Wednesday, April 04, 2012

'Be friendly, but never tame.'

Whatever good we are seeking is also seeking us. Any good we have ever known in our family of humankind, will find us again. The psyche is a universe unto itself in which nothing good is ever truly lost. Any lost or missing parts to the Holy, we will dream again. We will ever dream the Holy anew. 

(Untie the Strong Woman by Clarissa Pinkola Estes)

Saturday, March 17, 2012