Wednesday, 25 December 2013

God's plan

He devised a plan, a great and wonderful plan, and shared it only with his Son. As long as he preserved this secrecy and kept his own wise counsel he seemed to be neglecting us, to have no concern for us. But when through his beloved Son he revealed and made public what he had prepared from the very beginning, he gave us all at once gifts such as we could never have dreamt of, even sight and knowledge of himself.

Epistle to Diognetus

Saturday, 14 December 2013

Sharing goodness

Those who are learned will be as radiant as the sky in all its beauty; those who instruct the people in goodness will shine like the stars for all eternity.

Benedictus antiphon for a Doctor of the Church. See

Wednesday, 11 December 2013

Prayer is like...

Prayer is like sleeping: it can come over you, come when sought or seem to elude capture.  It is also like drinking: vital for the individual but better in company.

Christopher Howse in the Daily Telegraph, 5.12.13

Saturday, 7 December 2013

Reading and refreshing

He who reads much and understands much, receives his fill. He who is full, refreshes others. So Scripture says: If the clouds are full, they will pour rain upon the earth.

St Ambrose, Epist. 2

Thursday, 5 December 2013

Joining hearts

The preacher has the wonderful but difficult task of joining loving hearts, the hearts of the Lord and his people

Pope Francis, Evangelii Gaudium (143). Thanks to A Minor Friar blog

Friday, 29 November 2013

Saturday, 23 November 2013


O Jesus Christ, our Lord and Saviour, thou didst promise to abide with us always. Thou dost call all Christians to draw near and partake of thy Body and Blood. But our sin has divided us and we have no power to partake of thy holy eucharist together. We confess this our sin and we pray thee, forgive us and help us to serve the ways of reconciliation according to thy will. 

Sergei Bulgakov, cited by Militza Zernov in "Unity and Disunity Today," Sobornost, Vol. VIII, No. 1 [1986], pp. 2327.) 

Monday, 18 November 2013

A voyage

Every painting is a voyage into a sacred harbour. 

Giotto di Bondone (1266-1337)

Thanks to Rhymeswithplague blog, 12.11.13

Tuesday, 12 November 2013


The single desire that dominated my search for delight was simply to love and be loved.
St Augustine, Confessions II:ii

Friday, 8 November 2013

Attentive to where I am standing

...For when I am attentive to where I am standing, I will also be attentive to where the other is standing, and only then will I be truly prepared to listen to them.  

Esther de Waal, Living On The Border

Monday, 4 November 2013

Falling and rising

A monk was once asked: What do you do there in the monastery? He replied: We fall and get up, fall and get up, fall and get up again. 

Tito Colliander, The Way Of The Ascetics

Thursday, 31 October 2013

October Wordle

Hard to believe another month has gone by...  Here's the October Cupcake Wordle - what can you see?

Sunday, 27 October 2013

Question the beauty

Question the beauty of the earth, question the beauty of the sea, question the beauty of the air, amply spread out everywhere, question the beauty of the sky... question all these things. They all answer you: 'Here we are, look; we're beautiful'. Their beauty is their confession. Who made these beautiful changeable things, if not one who is beautiful and unchangeable? 

St Augustine, Sermons, 241, 2: PL 38, 1134

Wednesday, 23 October 2013

Attuning yourself to love

Prayer is attuning  yourself to the life of the world, to love, the force that moves the sun and the moon and the stars.

David Steindl-Rast, The Music Of Silence

Saturday, 19 October 2013

True centre

The true centre, the power that moves and shapes from within in the rhythm of the stars and of our lives, is worship. Our life's rhythm moves in proper measure when it is caught up in this. 

Joseph Ratzinger (1995), In The Beginning...: A Catholic Understanding Of The Story Of Creation And The Fall. Grand Rapids, MI: Wm B Eerdmans Publishing Co (p28) 

Tuesday, 15 October 2013

Doing a little

We may think we can do very little, but doing a little is better than doing nothing.
From the iBenedictines blog, 27.9.13

Saturday, 12 October 2013


Imagination is more important than knowledge.
Albert Einstein

Thanks to Moonlight and Hares, discovered 11.10.13

Sunday, 6 October 2013

Frail vessel

Thou hast made me endless, such is thy pleasure. This frail vessel thou emptiest again and again, and fillest it ever with fresh life. 

Rabindranath Tagore

Thursday, 3 October 2013

God is good...

We know this definitely and concretely: yes, God is good and it is good to be human.

Benedict XVI to a group of Bavarian dancers & musicians at Castel Gandolfo, August 2012 (Catholic Herald  10.8.12)

Monday, 30 September 2013

September Wordle

A Wordle of my September cupcakes...

A lot to ponder. Some big words in the middle, but out on the edges there's wilderness, greenness, wonderful contradiction, intuition unending and brilliance... I'm struck by "Church - one city, different ways". What do you see?

Saturday, 28 September 2013


And how would God be known as the Eternal One if brilliance did not emerge from God?  For there is no creature without some kind of radiance–whether it be greenness, seeds, buds, or another kind of beauty.

Hildegard of Bingen

Saturday, 21 September 2013

In the end

It will all be OK in the end. If it's not OK, it's just not the end.

Written on a whiteboard during a police Child Protection investigation. 
ITV's Married To The Job programme, 8.8.13

Wednesday, 18 September 2013

Heaven and hell

In hell, they talk a lot about love.  In heaven, they just do  it.  Hell is an unending church service without God.  Heaven is God without a church service!

C S Lewis

Found at, accessed 13.9.13

Saturday, 14 September 2013


We are all part of the Church. If you say you believe in God but not in the Church, you're saying you don't believe in yourself, and that's a contradiction. 
Pope Francis, General Audience on 11.9.13

Wednesday, 11 September 2013

Sunday, 8 September 2013

City and wilderness

You have to leave the city of your comfort and go into the wilderness of your intuition. What you'll discover will be wonderful. What you'll discover is yourself.

Alan Alda 
Accessed 22.8.13 (and I've also seen this quoted by other bloggers I follow - h/t to you!)

Wednesday, 4 September 2013

Science and religion

The natural world is something science and religion both speak about in their very different ways. Science explains; religion celebrates. Science speaks, religion sings. Science is prose, religion is poetry and we need them both.

Chief Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks, 
Thought for the Day 28.9.12 BBC Radio 4

Monday, 2 September 2013

August Wordle

I'm shamelessly pinching the idea from my blogging friend Silvana, but I thought it would be fun to make a Wordle each month out of my cupcakes. So here's August's... Wow, there's a lot there! But One God is writ large. What do you see?

Thursday, 29 August 2013

A new secret

In each child, God whispers a new secret to the world; adds a new dimension of immortality to creation

Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen

Sunday, 25 August 2013

Look up...

Heaven wheels above you, displaying to you her eternal glories, and still your eyes are on the ground.

Dante Alighieri

Two for the price of one today - reminds me of this...
Both sources accessed 23.8.13

Wednesday, 21 August 2013

Interview with Mary Oliver

Maria Shriver: One line of yours I often quote is, “What is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?” What do you think you have done with your one wild and precious life? 

Mary Oliver: I used up a lot of pencils.

Maria Shriver: [Laughs.]

Mary Oliver: What I have done is learn to love and learn to be loved. That didn’t come easy. And I learned to consider my life an amazing gift. Those are the things.

15 March 2011
I found this at (accessed 5.8.13)

Monday, 19 August 2013

If you walk by

I think it p*sses God off if you walk by the color purple in a field somewhere and don't notice it. People think pleasing God is all God cares about. But any fool living in the world can see it always trying to please us back.
Alice Walker, The Color Purple 
Accessed 6.8.13

Friday, 16 August 2013

Loving beauty

A theologian who does not love art, poetry, music, and nature can be dangerous. Blindness and deafness toward the beautiful are not incidental; they necessarily are reflected in his theology.

Joseph Ratzinger, in The Ratzinger Report p130 

Tuesday, 13 August 2013

The only luxury

Contemplation seems to be the only luxury that costs nothing

Dodie Smith, I Capture The Castle

Saturday, 10 August 2013


Drink your tea slowly and reverently, as if it is the axis on which the whole earth revolves - slowly, evenly, without rushing toward the future.

Thich Nhat Hanh

Saturday, 3 August 2013

A secret garden

Prayer is like a secret garden made up of silence and rest and inwardness. But there are a thousand and one doors into this garden and we all have to find our own. 

Jean Vanier


We are, quite literally, stardust, the products of cosmic infernos, children of nebulas. It’s a wondrous and briefly ennobling thought – briefly, that is, because a moment’s reflection reveals that our glorious origin is shared by slugs, slime molds, and driveway gravel.

Rebecca Rupp (2005) Four Elements. London: Profile Books p349