May not even the names disease, war, famine, and suffering
Rather may their moral conduct, merit, wealth,
and prosperity increase,
and may good fortune and well-being always arise for them.
for their future is shaped by our choices today.
for they are the shapers of a brighter world.
for theirs is a sorrow lessened only by mercy and human kindness.
for theirs are the words becoming flesh.
spirit of the fountain, spirit of the garden,
Teach us to sit still
Even among these rocks,
Our peace in His will
And even among these rocks
And spirit of the river, spirit of the sea,
Suffer me not to be separated
And let my cry come unto Thee.
—TS Eliot, 1927
Truly the suffering is great, here on earth.
bludgeoned by our faults.
Not having a clue where
the dark path leads us.
But on the whole,
we stumble along bravely,
don’t you think?
A woman of grace
A woman of excellence
No matter what happens
that nature brings solace in all troubles.
Penetrate and possess our whole being so utterly
Shine through us, and be so in us
that every person we should come in contact with
Let them look up and see no longer us, but only Jesus.
the light, Jesus, will be all from you.
None of it will be ours.
It will be you shining on others through us.
Let us thus praise you in the way you love best,
by shining on those around us.
Let us preach you without preaching:
not by words, but by our example,
by the catching force,
the sympathetic influence of what we do,
the evident fullness of the love our hearts bear for you.
cover the earth with rains.
Great waters, rains, cover the earth.
Lightning cover the earth.
Let thunder be heard over the earth;
let thunder be heard;
Let thunder be heard over the six regions of the earth.
—Native American Chant