Since Oct 16, 2003
Take peace! The gloom of the world is but a shadow. Behind it, yet within our reach, is joy. There is radiance and glory in darkness, could we but see. And to see, we have only to look. I beseech you to look!
Life is so generous a giver. But we, judging its gifts by their covering, cast them away as ugly or heavy or hard. Remove the covering, and you will find beneath it a living splendor, woven of love by wisdom, with power. Welcome it, grasp it, and you touch the angel's hand that brings it to you.
Everything we call a trial, a sorrow or a duty, believe me, that angel's hand is there. The gift is there and the wonder of an overshadowing presence. Your joys, too, be not content with them as joys. They, too, conceal diviner gifts.
Life is so full of meaning and purpose, so full of beauty beneath its covering, that you will find earth but cloaks your heaven. Courage then to claim it; that is all! But courage you have, and the knowledge that we are pilgrims together, wending through unknown country home.
Written by Franciscan Friar Giovanni Giocondo to Countess Allagia Aldobrandeschi on Christmas Eve, 1513.
Your assignment for today:
Kiss someone you love.
Be kind. Remember that character is defined by how we treat the defenseless, the vulnerable, and those who society says have no value.
Run until you have no breath.
Be good to each other! Remember that we are all in this thing together!
Look closely at life... the greatest of things are found in the most unexpected and humble of circumstances.
Consider that there is another dimension to our personal existence, invisible to our senses.
And remember: When the past no longer illuminates the future, the spirit walks in darkness.