holy ordinary {gifts from God}

holy ordinary {gifts from God}

  blessings in the holy ordinary Daybreak, small and hidden as it is, wants to proclaim that love is stronger than fear, that joy is deeper than sorrow, and that unity is more real than division, and that LIFE is stronger than death. Henri...

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sprouts and cukes

sprouts and cukes

“God, Who is by nature good and dispassionate, loves all men equally as His handiwork. But He glorifies the virtuous man because in his will he is united to God. At the same time, in His goodness he is merciful to the sinner and by chastising him in this life brings him back to the path of virtue. Similarly, a man of good and dispassionate judgment also loves all men equally. He loves the virtuous man because of his nature and the probity...

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simplest tomato salad

simplest tomato salad

  Our first and most important spiritual task is to claim God’s unconditional love for ourselves. To remember who we truly are in the memory of God. Whether we feel it or not, whether we comprehend it or not, we can have spiritual knowledge in the heart— a deep assurance that passes understanding— that we are God’s beloved. Henri Nouwen It’s the ripe, plump tomatoes which blanket the farmer’s markets and neighbors gardens that...

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blessing from all eternity

blessing from all eternity

The truth is that God loved us before we were born and will love us still after we have died. God molded us in the depths of the earth. God knitted us together in our mothers’ wombs. God has inscribed us on the palm of his hand. Every hair on our heads is numbered and counted by God. We are held by God in an everlasting embrace. We belong to God from eternity to eternity. Indeed, we are God’s daughters and sons. As beloved children, our core...

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garden beet salad

garden beet salad

  Do not say “this happened by chance, while this came to be of itself.”  In all that exists there is nothing disorderly, nothing, indefinite, nothing without purpose, nothing by chance…. How many hairs are on your head?  God will not forget one of them.  Do you see how nothing, even the smallest thing, escapes the gaze of God? ~Saint Basil the Great   During the summer, we crave salads.  They are a nice cool...

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