“I was having a comfortable glass of beer with a lieutenant who is a friend of mine, and observing with curiosity the Spanish mission who were loading one another with congratulations around their cups of tea. Our conversation gradually turned to the moral life; and then I saw that my companion was a fervent disciple of the ‘religion of the spirit’. His attitude is this: he believes in our Lord, he reads the gospels constantly, he offers up to God all his actions as so many prayers … but he wants no dogma, no ritual, no ‘organized religion’. He’s above all that … I tried, without much success, to show him how contradictory his attitude was … I pointed out to him that the dilemma is becoming more and more imperative: either integral Catholicism or agnostic liberalism…
–– Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, The Making of a Mind; Letters from a Soldier-Priest, 1914-1919 (p.143) (from letter to Marguerite Teilhard dated November 6, 1916)
Kahlil Gibran, from Sand and Foam
I have found a truth
Say not, “i have found the truth,” but rather, “i have found a truth.”
Say not, “i have found the path of the soul.” say rather, “i have met the soul walking upon my path.”
For the soul walks upon all paths.
The soul walks not upon a line, neither does it grow like a reed.
The soul unfolds itself, like a lotus of countless petals.
~Khalil Gibran, The Prophet
Image: Flow of life Khalil Gibran
Terracotta Head of a Goddess
Parthian, 1st-2nd Century
“She refused to be bored chiefly because she wasn’t boring.” ― Zelda Fitzgerald, The Collected Writings (via Zelda Fitzgerald – Words To Live By | waldina)
The Mother of God of Kazan, one of Russia’s most revered icons.