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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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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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“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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Summer or Autumn-time in September or in Lifetime

At the moment I am in the Ardeche-Lozère region enjoying my Summer holiday with long walks but also feeling that at a certain age we have come in the autumn of our life, not so able any more to climb the rocks. One moment, the day before yesterday, we were pleased the climbing cables were already provided on the rocks. But with our 13 year old Sheltie it was not such an easy thing to hold him in one hand using the other to keep me safe close to the steep cliff, facing 400 metres down. Much too dangerous at our age.

Sometimes we love to stay young, and it may be hard to feel we are not able any more to do those things we could do some twenty or forty years ago. We are confronted with autumn in life, no matter we want to stay in the Summer.

Suzette B lets us think about the yearly returning seasons and reflects on the beauty of autumn. For some it might be one of the most attractive colourful seasons of the year. For Lauren Destafano autumn has always been her favourite season, whilst for Suzette B fall has a lot to offer, but she sometimes finds that dull days of fall and the looming days of night (aka winter) tends to give the fall season seemingly less favour than the other seasons.

Suzette B writes:

It champions the journey of life.

It celebrates the color of change.

It announces the bounty of the harvest. It reminds us that life has promise – hope.

No matter how much we would love to resist, we shall have to face that particular moment in our life, before the winter part or end part of our life shall come to us.

Perhaps she has good reason to say:

It symbolizes courage. It takes courage to say “goodbye” to one thing and not know what is to come.

But often it is not so easy to say goodbye to the things one loves and one loves to do. With the seasons of the yearly calendar one knows the Summer will come back? With life, we know there is no way back. The new season is the point of no return.

Though:

Fall is a reminder that one journey has come and gone. Another begins.

All people who have to face the days, after the hands of the clock have gone over half or over 6, I wish happy remembrance days. Taking the courage to come to see the better parts we were lucky to have had, and nobody can take them away. Let it be the point where we can enjoy now a new journey in life with beautiful colours of autumn. The golden leaves of our years of the past.

Like Suzette B I would say:

To new beginnings everyone.

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Life is So Subtle Sometimes…

Dutch translation / Nederlandse vertaling: Het leven is soms zo subtiel …

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Life is So Subtle Sometimes…
That you barely notice yourself walking through doors
you once prayed would open.

Text & image source: Mitra Shisha https://www.facebook.com/mitra.shahidi.3

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All love is expansion, all selfishness is contraction.

Dutch translation / Nederlandse vertaling: Alle liefde is expansie, alle egoïsme is samentrekking.

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“All love is expansion, all selfishness is contraction.
Love is therefore the only law of life.
He who loves lives, he who is selfish is dying.
Therefore love for love’s sake, because it is the only law of life,
just as you breathe to live.”

― Swami Vivekananda

Text & image source: Mystic Path to Cosmic Consciousness https://web.facebook.com/Mystic-Path-to-Cosmic-Consciousness-143005819116554/

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