Thursday, July 20, 2006

Pray for peace

As violence and war spread in our troubled world, let us both pray for peace and work toward peace.

You might want to join in what has been called the "Universal Prayer for Peace."

Icon photograph copyright © Failey

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Sunday, July 09, 2006

Surprising Beauty

Bark on Sand
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Glory be to God for dappled things—
For skies of couple-colour as a brinded cow;
For rose-moles all in stipple upon trout that swim;
Fresh-firecoal chestnut-falls; finches’ wings;
Landscape plotted and pieced—fold, fallow, and plough;
And áll trádes, their gear and tackle and trim.

All things counter, original, spare, strange;
Whatever is fickle, freckled (who knows how?)
With swift, slow; sweet, sour; adazzle, dim;
He fathers-forth whose beauty is past change:
Praise him.
Gerard Manley Hopkins, "Pied Beauty"