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Spiritual Knowing

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“All spiritual knowing is knowing by participation.”

~ Richard Rohr, A Spring Within Us

Painting by Utagawa Kuniyoshi (1847)

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The Climate of My Prayer

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“Our mentioning of the weather — our perfunctory observations on what kind of day it is — are perhaps not idle. Perhaps we have a deep and legitimate need to know in our entire being what the day is like, to see it and feel it, to know how the sky is grey, paler in the south, with patches of blue in the southwest, with snow on the ground, the thermometer at 18, and cold wind making your ears ache. I have a real need to know these things because I myself am part of the weather and part of the climate and part of the place, and a day in which I have not shared truly in all this is no day at all. It is certainly part of my life of prayer.”

~ Thomas Merton, Journal Entry on February 27, 1963

Life Time

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“The part of life we really live is small.’ For all the rest of existence is not life, but merely time.”

~ Seneca

And I have to add that while this might sound pessimistic, I hope you will find this quote more as inspiration to spend more time choosing to live life rather than choosing to just exist. 🙂 Peace!