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The Empty Place

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Image from Castle in the Sky.

“Respect was invented to cover the empty place where love should be.”

― Leo Tolstoy, Anna Karenina

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Wounded Healers

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“We are needy people helping needy people. We are wounded healers offering cool cups of water to thirsty people.”

~ Jeff Blake, The Seven Last Words of Christ

To Know We Matter

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“Troubled people are not in search of the information we may be able to give them. They are not in search of scripture verses we can cram down their throats. You know what people are desperate to know when they seek help from another person? We want to know that we matter to God and to the people who are by our side.”

– Jeff Blake, The Seven Last Words of Christ

Shown A Way

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Photo taken at The Abbey of Gethsemani.

“I will leave to theologians, philosophers, and sages of the ages to define the meaning of the Cross. For me, at least, I choose to simply kneel at the foot of the Cross and contemplate such great love for the whole of humankind. Here a man illustrates what it means to die for us, not because we are bad, but because at the heart of it, we are good and are being shown a way to live a life of surrender.”

– Jeff Blake, The Seven Last Words of Christ

Fidelity To Wonder

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“A community is only being created when its members accept that they are not going to achieve great things, that they are not going to be heroes, but simply live each day with new hope, like children, in wonderment as the sun rises and in thanksgiving as it sets. Community is only being created when they have recognized that the greatness of man is to accept his insignificance, his human condition and his earth, and to thank God for having put in a finite body the seeds of eternity which are visible in small and daily gestures of love and forgiveness. The beauty of man is in this fidelity to the wonder of each day.”

― Jean Vanier