This Winter’s Polar Vortex, from Afar and Up Close - A close-focus and space view of the deep chill finally settling in over the Northeast, for a short while.
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We are speaking of an attitude of the heart, one which approaches life with serene attentiveness, which is capable of being fully present to someone without thinking of what comes next... Jesus taught us this attitude when he invited us to contemplate the lilies of the field and the birds of the air, or when seeing the rich young man and knowing his restlessness, 'he looked at him with love'. He was completely present to everyone and to everything, and in this way he showed us how to overcome that unhealthy anxiety which makes us superficial, aggressive, and compulsive consumers.Amen
Then I looked up, and there before me was a man with a measuring line in his hand. I asked, “Where are you going?”
He answered me, “To measure Jerusalem, to find out how wide and how long it is.”
While the angel who was speaking to me was leaving, another angel came to meet him and said to him: “Run, tell that young man, ‘Jerusalem will be a city without walls because of the great number of people and animals in it..”
I lived in Singapore for two years, and I go back to work there every summer. I love Southeast Asia, its beautiful landscapes, its friendly people, and its huge biological and cultural diversity. It’s a magical place.Read the rest of his post here.
But in 2013 there was a horrible haze from fires in nearby Sumatra. And this year it’s even worse. It makes me want to cry, thinking about how millions of people all over this region are being choked as the rain forest burns.
Hope long deferred makes sick the heart; but a Desire fulfilled is a tree of life.These words are from the book of Proverbs, though when I read them I always hear echoes of the English mystic Thomas Traherne. They remind us, as Traherne does, of the centrality of longing to authentic humanity. Who we are is constituted, as much as anything, by what we deeply desire; and disordered, unattainable desire leads to a heart sickness that cannot be cured.