Category Archives: FAITH

My faith is a great weight hung on a small wire, as doth the spider hang her baby on a thin web. Anne Sexton

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“Spider venom comes in many forms. It can often take a long while to discover the full effects of the bite. Naturalists have pondered this for years: there are spiders whose bite can cause the place bitten to rot and to die, sometimes more than a year after it was bitten. As to why spiders do this, the answer is simple. It’s because spiders think this is funny, and they don’t want you ever to forget them.”

― Neil Gaiman, Anansi Boys

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Look and see her how she sparkles, it’s the last unicorn I’m alive, I’m alive. Jimmy Webb.

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“Today it is said that the unicorn never existed. However, it is marvelously clear that when the unicorn was first described and centuries later when the tapestries were woven, everyone believed in unicorns.”
–Marianna Mayer, The Unicorn and the Lake

Sometimes it’s better to light a flamethrower than curse the darkness. Terry Pratchett

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“I said to my soul, be still and wait without hope, for hope would be hope for the wrong thing; wait without love, for love would be love of the wrong thing; there is yet faith, but the faith and the love are all in the waiting. Wait without thought, for you are not ready for thought: So the darkness shall be the light, and the stillness the dancing.”

― T.S. Eliot

“Sorrow looks back, Worry looks around, Faith looks up” ― Ralph Waldo Emerson

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“I find it best to worry about the little things. Things that can be helped by being worried about. Such as the making of clam chowder, coffee. The bigger stuff, well, you have to handle that as it faces you.”

― Terry Pratchett, The Long Earth

FOTO – BELLINGEN SWIMMING POOL

Faith gives you an inner strength and a sense of balance and perspective in life. Gregory Peck

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Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland:


‘You are old, Father William,’ the young man said, 
And your hair has become very white;
And yet you incessantly stand on your head — 
Do you think, at your age, it is right?

I don’t need to worry about identity theft because no one wants to be me. Jay London

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“The man who was once starved may revenge himself upon the world not by stealing just once, or by stealing only what he needs, but by taking from the world an endless toll in payment of something irreplaceable, which is the lost faith.” 
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The thief, as will become apparent, was a special type of thief. This thief was an artist of theft. Other thieves merely stole everything that was not nailed down, but this thief stole the nails as well.” 

― Terry PratchettSourcery2 childsgardenofve00stev2_0079

“Faith gives you an inner strength and a sense of balance and perspective in life.” ― Gregory Peck

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now regret, like a man
walking the length of the bar on his hands
balancing a drink on his shoe

ON THE BEACH: A BICENTENNIAL POEM

Michael Forbes

http://www.poetryinternationalweb.net/pi/site/poem/item/12304

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Balancing Object on Nose, longest duration, 31 minutes 0.01 seconds, Phuket, Thailand, February 2014

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人在橋上過 Passing over a bridge, I see 橋流水不流 The bridge flow, but not the water.

 

 

For here, between this world and the next

is a place where each beloved creature finds rest

On this golden land they wait and they play

till the Rainbow Bridge they cross over one day

http://www.dolforums.com.au/topic/246495-rainbow-bridge-poem/

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Japanese poem by Lady Koshikibu from Ogura 100 poems (early 13th century) 大江山 いく野の道の 遠ければ まだふみもみず 天の橋立 “By Oe Mountain / The road to Ikuno is far away, / And neither have I beheld / Nor crossed its bridge of heaven. .” (calligraphy by yopiko)

Over the trackless past, somewhere, Lie the lost days of our tropic youth, Only regained by faith and prayer, Only recalled by prayer and plaint: Each lost day has its patron saint.

BRET HARTE: _The Lost Galleon,_ Last St.

Sunday Times (Perth, WA : 1902 – 1954), Sunday 27 June 1937,

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“There was a magic about the sea. People were drawn to it. People wanted to love by it, swim in it, play in it, look at it. It was a living thing that as as unpredictable as a great stage actor: it could be calm and welcoming, opening its arms to embrace it’s audience one moment, but then could explode with its stormy tempers, flinging people around, wanting them out, attacking coastlines, breaking down islands. It had a playful side too, as it enjoyed the crowd, tossed the children about, knocked lilos over, tipped over windsurfers, occasionally gave sailors helping hands; all done with a secret little chuckle”

― Cecelia Ahern, The Gift

It’s a braw bricht moonlit nicht the nicht

It’s a good (or brilliant) bright moonlight night tonight.

http://scotlandwelcomesyou.com/scottish-sayings/

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“The moon does not fight. It attacks no one. It does not worry. It does not try to crush others. It keeps to its course, but by its very nature, it gently influences. What other body could pull an entire ocean from shore to shore? The moon is faithful to its nature and its power is never diminished.”

― Deng Ming-Dao, Everyday Tao: Living with Balance and Harmony

Faith is the pierless bridge supporting what we see unto the scene we do not. Emily Dickinson

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Japanese poem by Lady Koshikibu

from Ogura 100 poems (early 13th century)

大江山 いく野の道の 遠ければ まだふみもみず 天の橋立

By One Mountain / The road to Ikuno is far away, / And neither have I beheld / Nor crossed its bridge of heaven. .

The reason birds can fly and we can’t is simply because they have perfect faith, for to have faith is to have wings.” ― J.M. Barrie, The Little White Bird

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You’ll think this is a bit silly, but I’m a bit-well, I have a thing about birds.”
“What, a phobia?”
“Sort of.”
“Well, that’s the common term for an irrational fear of birds.”
“What do they call a rational fear of birds, then?”

Neil Gaiman, Anansi Boys

Alas! How dreary would be the world if there was no Santa Claus! There would be no childlike faith then, no poetry, no romance to make tolerable this existence. Francis P. Church

http://www.xavier.edu/jesuitresource/online-resources/St-Nicholas-Quotes.cfm

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“The giver of every good & perfect gift has called upon us to mimic GOD’s giving, by grace, through faith, & this is not of ourselves…!!!”

 St. Nicholas of Myra…!!!

Faith was a dream technology / but one we couldn’t master, or do cold / and it soon became equivocal again. /

LES MURRAY

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“According to Vedanta, there are only two symptoms of enlightenment, just two indications that a transformation is taking place within you toward a higher consciousness. The first symptom is that you stop worrying. Things don’t bother you anymore. You become light-hearted and full of joy. The second symptom is that you encounter more and more meaningful coincidences in your life, more and more synchronicities. And this accelerates to the point where you actually experience the miraculous.

(quoted by Carol Lynn Pearson in Consider the Butterfly)”
― Deepak Chopra, Synchrodestiny: Harnessing the Infinite Power of Coincidence to Create Miracles

 

 

“Some of us are like wheelbarrows – only useful when pushed and very easily upset.”

– Jack Herbert

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the get in the wheelbarrow story (belief, trust, faith, commitment, courage, conviction)

The story goes: upon completing a highly dangerous tightrope walk over Niagara Falls in appalling wind and rain, ‘The Great Zumbrati’ was met by an enthusiastic supporter, who urged him to make a return trip, this time pushing a wheelbarrow, which the spectator had thoughtfully brought along.

The Great Zumbrati was reluctant, given the terrible conditions, but the supporter pressed him, “You can do it – I know you can,” he urged.

“You really believe I can do it?” asked Zumbrati.

“Yes – definitely – you can do it.” the supporter gushed.

“Okay,” said Zumbrati, “Get in the wheelbarrow…”

Under the shelter of each other, people survive.

Ar scáth a chéile a mhaireann na daoine.
Err scawh a ch(k)ale-ah a wir-enn na dee-neh..

http://www.gaelicmatters.com/famous-irish-sayings.html

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Government alone cannot solve the problems we deal with in our correctional facilities, treatment centers, homeless shelters and crisis centres – we need our faith-based and community partners.

Dirk Kempthorne

We must learn to see each other as brother and sister, beyond all apparent differences of belief, culture, color, language, and religion.

http://www.earthalive.com/Indigenous_Voice.html

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Nganyinytja, a Pitjantjatjara Elder said, ”Much trouble has come from people forgetting the land, the spirit. Many people are sick and have lost their spirit; we grieve for them. But we can all learn and make our spirit strong. My teaching is about opening your spirit, working together to build understanding. Opening our way, opening our hearts, to share the spirit of the land with all who want to learn”.