Thursday, December 27, 2012

Lighting Votives: Finding Awe


"Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, the Russian writer, put it even more desperately when he said, 'The West is in a sate of spiritual exhaustion.' It's a telling metaphor. The Western mind refuses to be in awe anymore. It is only aware of what is wrong, and seemingly incapable of rejoicing in what is still 'good and true and beautiful.' The only way out is a new imagination..."  From Hope Against Darkness: The Transforming Vision of Saint Francis in an Age of Anxiety by Richard Rohr

Have you allowed cynicism and sarcasm and snark to become your default mode? Do you approach everything from "no" or "prove it?"

These states of mind are the beginnings of a sort of violence -- one that denies our core truth.

Our core truth is one of beauty, radiance, and power through hope, faith, and courage.

We...YOU...are capable of anything.

Did you snort at that?