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Take a step back

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“Sometimes you have to take a step back and realize what’s important in your life, what you can live with, but more importantly, what you can’t live without.”-livelifehappy.com

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A grove of giant redwood…..

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“A grove of giant redwood or sequoias should be kept
just as we keep a great and beautiful cathedral.”

~ Theodore Roosevelt

~ Image, Coast Redwood (Sequoia sempervirens) by Ed Post
Text & image source: The Garden Of Pensiveness https://www.facebook.com/The-Garden-Of-Pensiveness-367268523352486/

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There are no righteous wars

Ezra Pound wrote in his poems,
“there are no righteous wars”.
Even more, what it should be understood is that the war of a nation against another nation is always an hoax.
People are completely indifferent to national quarries:
the real thing is the conflict between opposite groups of power.
~From Fondazione M: What Israel?

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to Penetrate beneath the surface of a man’s life

 

“The whole purpose of spiritual direction is
to penetrate beneath the surface of a man’s life,
to get behind the façade of conventional gestures and attitudes which he presents to the world,
and to bring out his inner spiritual freedom,
his inmost truth,
which is what we call the likeness of Christ in his soul.”

– Thomas Merton

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Preceding

Easier to find guides than someone to be with you in a discerning, prayerful companionship

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Easier to find guides than someone to be with you in a discerning, prayerful companionship

“It is easier to find guides,
someone to tell you what to do,
than someone to be with you in a discerning, prayerful companionship
as you work it out yourself.
This is what spiritual direction is.”
~ Eugene H. Peterson

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Instruments for the fulfilment of the prophecy

We should consider Christians and Moslems as
instruments for the fulfilment of the prophecy
that the knowledge of God will one day spread throughout the earth.
Whereas the nations before them worshipped idols, denied God’s existence,
and thus did not recognize God’s power or retribution,
the rise of Christianity and Islam served to spread among the nations,
to the furthest ends of the earth,
the knowledge that there is One God who rules the world,
who rewards and punishes and reveals Himself to man.

~ Jacob Emden, also known as Ya’avetz

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Jacob Emden, likely around 1760

The son of the Chacham Tzvi, and a descendant of Elijah Ba’al Shem of Chelm, Jacob Emden (born Ashkenazi), was a traditionalist who responded to the ideals of tolerance being circulated during the 18th-century Enlightenment. He stretched the traditional inclusivist position into universal directions and, like Maimonides, believed that Christianity and Islam have important roles to play in God’s plan for mankind,

Nederlandse tekst / Dutch version: Instrumenten voor de vervulling van de profetie

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to Resolve the tension between high ideals of the gospel and the grim reality of ourselves

“There is only one way for any of us to resolve the tension between the high ideals of the gospel and the grim reality of ourselves:
to accept that we will never measure up, but that we do not have to.
We are judged by the righteousness of the Christ who lives within, not our own.
Tolstoy got it halfway right:
anything that makes me feel comfort with God’s moral standard, anything that makes me feel, ‘At last I have arrived,’ is a cruel deception.
But Dostoyevsky got the other half right:
anything that makes me feel discomfort with God’s forgiving love is also a cruel deception.
There is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus’:
that message, Leo Tolstoy never fully grasped.”

Leo Tolstoy, 1828-1910

From: Tolstoy and Dostoyevsky: The Jesus I Never Knew by Philip Yancey

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My favourite colour is October – Il mio colore preferito è Ottobre

In the Woods

Before speaking about anything else we just wanted to show you what is going on outside.

Prima di parlare di qualsiasi altra cosa vi volevamo far vedere cosa sta succedendo fuori.

It feels like autumn has arrived a little early this year and already the trees are almost bare, so we just wanted to share with you the beauty of one of the four seasons right here in our home.

Sembra che quest’anno l’autunno è arrivato un pò prima e già tanti alberi sono quasi spogli, quindi volevamo giusto condividere la bellezza di una di quattro stagioni qua, in casa nostra.

We can already feel the cold weather knocking on our door and there have been a few mornings when we woke up to the ground covered in frost. Winter is coming….

Si sente già l’aria fredda in arrivo e ci sono state un paio di mattinate quando ci siamo…

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Autumn, gorgeous in yellow and red,

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“Autumn, gorgeous in yellow and red,
Is the harvest time, when man is led
To garner the fruits of sweat and toil
From dear Mother Earth,
the deep rich soil.”…

~Gertrude Tooley Buckingham

Artist~Morgan Weistling
Text & image source: Remember ღ Once upon a Time? https://web.facebook.com/RememberOnceUponATime/

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As long as autumn lasts,….

A season of mighty shades of light and an incredible amount of colours presents itself to have us dream of mysterious things.

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Dutch version / Nederlandse vertaling: Zolang de herfst duurt, ….

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  4. Change
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  6. Picture of the Day -“Cutie Pie Guy”
  7. Nature’s bounty – Bottino della Natura
  8. A Very Bushy Bluestem

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“As long as autumn lasts,
I shall not have hands, canvas and colors enough
to paint the beautiful things I see.”

~ Vincent Van Gogh

~ Image by Vincent Brassinne
Text & image source: The Garden Of Pensiveness https://www.facebook.com/The-Garden-Of-Pensiveness-367268523352486/

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