Alfred Sisley

Joy Filled Hindsight

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“Faith is often clarified and joy-filled hindsight — after we have experienced our experiences.”

~ Richard Rohr, The Naked Now

Painting by Alfred Sisley
Abandoned House, 1886

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Love Trumps Pride

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“A higher feeling state than pride is that of love. If we love our family, country, and accomplishments, that means there is no question of their worth in our mind. We no longer have to be on the defensive. When true recognition and knowledge replace opinion, which is part of pride, there is no room for argument. Our sheer love and appreciation for something is a solid position that cannot be assailed.”

~ David Hawkins, Letting Go: Pathway of Surrender

Painting by Alfred Sisley, A Turn of the River Loing (1896)

Merton’s Prayer For Silence

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Lady, Queen of Heaven,

pray me into solitude and silence and unity,
that all my ways may be immaculate in God.

Let me be content with whatever darkness surrounds me,
finding him always by me, in his mercy.

Let me keep silence in this world,
except in so far as God wills and in the way he wills it.

Let me at least disappear into the writing I do.
It should mean nothing special to me,
nor harm my recollection.
The work could be a prayer;
its results should not concern me.

Amen.

Prayer For Silence, by Thomas Merton

Painting by Alfred Sisley (1877)

Communication From Our Hearts

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“Let’s not get bogged down on whom or what we pray to. Let’s just say prayer is communication from our hearts to the great mystery, or Goodness, or Howard; to the animating energy of love we are sometimes bold enough to believe in; to something unimaginably big, and not us.”

~ Anne Lamott, Help Thanks Wow

Painting by Alfred Sisley (1874)

Live As If You Did Not Exist

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“As long as we look for some kind of pay for what we do, as long as we want to get something from God in some kind of exchange, we are like the merchants. If you want to be rid of the commercial spirit, then by all means do all you can in the way of good works, but do so solely for the praise of God. Live as if you did not exist. Expect and ask nothing in return. Then the merchant inside you will be driven out of the temple God has made. Then God alone dwells there. See! This is how the temple is cleared: when a person thinks only of God and honors him alone. Only such a person is free and genuine.”

~ Meister Eckhart

art by Alfred Sisley