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Written on Christmas Eve, 1513

Tuesday, December 15, 2009


Written on Christmas Eve, 1513

I salute you. I am your friend, and my love for you goes deep.
There is nothing I can give you which you have not. But there is much,
very much, that, while I cannot give it, you can take. No heaven can
come to us unless our hearts find rest in it today. Take heaven!
No peace lies in the future which is not hidden in this present little instant.
Take peace! The gloom of the world is but a shadow. Behind it, yet within
our reach, is joy. There is radiance and glory in darkness, could we but see.
And to see, we have only to look. I beseech you to look!

Life is so generous a giver. But we, judging its gifts by their covering,
cast them away as ugly or heavy or hard. Remove the covering, and you
will find beneath it a living splendor, woven of love by wisdom, with power.
Welcome it, grasp it, and you touch the angel's hand that brings it to you.
Everything we call a trial, a sorrow or a duty, believe me, that angel's hand is there.
The gift is there and the wonder of an overshadowing presence. Your joys, too,
be not content with them as joys. They, too, conceal diviner gifts.

Life is so full of meaning and purpose, so full of beauty beneath its covering,
that you will find earth but cloaks your heaven. Courage then to claim it; that is all!
But courage you have, and the knowledge that we are pilgrims together,
wending through unknown country home.

And so, at this time, I greet you, not quite as the world sends greetings,
but with profound esteem and with the prayer that for you, now and
forever, the day breaks and shadows flee away.

~ Fra Giovanni ~

Words we can live by all year long...Remember He is with you...Always...Be Blessed.
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  • CROBINGO
    So appropriate and true. Thanks for the wonderful blog.
    4082 days ago
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    Beautiful my friend
    4091 days ago
  • USE2BAGODDESS
    People of today are always so arrogant as to think we are superior to anyone who has come before. Your quote shows how uneducated and crass we are.

    What beauty of heart and soul! Thank you for posting it.
    4097 days ago
  • WANNAREAD
    Thank you for sharing those beautiful thoughts!
    4097 days ago
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