“Only the man who has had to face despair is really convinced that he needs mercy.

Those who do not want mercy never seek it. It is better to find God on the threshold of despair than to risk our lives in a complacency that has never felt the need of forgiveness. A life that is without problems may literally be more hopeless than one that always verges on despair.” ThomasContinue reading ““Only the man who has had to face despair is really convinced that he needs mercy.”

We simply dictate our own terms

Another excerpt from Thomas Merton’s Conjectures of a Guilty Bystander To start with one’s ego-identity and to try to bring that identity into terms with external reality by thinking, and then, having worked out practical principles, to act on reality from one privileged autonomous position-in-order to bring it into line with an absolute good weContinue reading “We simply dictate our own terms”

Love is never wasted

This ramble was inspired by an interaction with a lovely soul, with whom I only encounter on social media. A hashtag on her post #wastedlove, cut me to the core. My immediate response was to comment. No love is wasted, it’s painful when unwanted. It was impromptu and from my heart. From the prayer of SaintContinue reading “Love is never wasted”

The Anonymous Whole

Another excerpt from Thomas Merton’s Conjectures of a Guilty Bystander This is one of the few real pleasures left to modern man: this illusion that he is thinking for himself when, in fact, someone else is doing his thinking for him. And this someone else is not a personal authority, the great mind of aContinue reading “The Anonymous Whole”

Things We Need

By Thomas Merton, from Conjectures of a Guilty Bystander The things we really need come to us as only as gifts, and in order to receive them as gifts we have to be open. In order to be open, we have to renounce ourselves, in a sense, we have to die to our image of ourselves,Continue reading “Things We Need”

What I find Exquisite

Exquisite I have an inkling, of what exquisite is, however, I am struck by not knowing the word’s definition. I found that as an adjective exquisite is described as, extremely beautiful and typically delicate. This is very close, if not exactly what the word means to me. It also may describe a feeling, that useContinue reading “What I find Exquisite”

Easier

It was easier for me to continue to be dishonest, deceit had become an ingrained habit and because there was a grain of truth in the story or even once was true, it was more believable than an honest expression of what was. I couldn’t exist comfortably in who I really was, I had toContinue reading “Easier”

“Seriousness” and “Achievement”

In our society, a society of business rooted in puritanism, based on a pseudoethic industriousness and thrift, to be rewarded by comfort, pleasure and a good bank account, the myth of work is thought to justify an existence that is essentially meaningless and futile.   There is, then, a great deal of busy-ness as peopleContinue reading ““Seriousness” and “Achievement””

Books by Patricia Furstenberg

Travel, History, Fiction and Dogs

11thofsummer Blogs!

Asian. Awkward. Introvert. Shhh!

Rethinking Life

Art and the philosophy of life

Ursus Art

Artworks by artist Eva Mout

Wishing Tree

healing - connecting - empowering - thriving

I Know I Made You Smile

cartoons/humor/fiction/nonfiction

Happily Lover

Happily Ever After

Humoring the Goddess

Croning My Way Through Life

Kingdom Pastor

Living Freely In God's Kingdom