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So many coats – Mary Oliver

 

With growth into adulthood, responsibilities claimed me, so many heavy coats. I didn’t choose them, I don’t fault them, but it took time to reject them.

— Mary Oliver, Upstream

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Prayer – a surge of the heart

 

According to Scripture, it is the heart that prays. If our heart is far from God, the words of prayer are in vain.

“For me, prayer is a surge of the heart; it is a simple look turned toward heaven, it is a cry of recognition and of love, embracing both trial and joy.”

St. Thérèse of Lisieux, as quoted in paragraph 2558

Catechism of the Catholic Church, paragraphs 2562, 2558

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Frederick Buechner – Truth beyond all truths

Is the truth beyond all truths, beyond the stars, just this: that to live without [Jesus] is the real death, that to die with him is the only life?

— The Wise Man

Frederick Buechner, Secrets in the Dark: A Life in Sermons, “The Birth”