Thursday, December 30, 2010

Welcoming 2011 ~ Happy New Year to You!

To all who see this, I wish you a joyful and safe celebration on New Year's Eve and new year in 2011 filled with Light, Love, and Peaceful Hearts.

Shakura Cathryn
"If you do nothing else this year......evolve." ~Lily Tomlin

Friday, December 24, 2010

Written on Christmas Eve 1513

Greetings Friends and Family,

This is one of my favorite pieces of writing…. Each year at Christmas I pull it out to savor again. I hope you find it meaningful too.
I salute you.  I am your friend, and my love for you goes deep. There is nothing I can give you which you have not.  But there is much, very much, that, while I cannot give it, you can take.  No heaven can come to us unless our hearts find rest in it today.  Take heaven! No peace lies in the future which is not hidden in this present little instant. Take peace! The gloom of the world is but a shadow.  Behind it, yet within our reach, is joy. There is radiance and glory in darkness, could we but see. And to see, we have only to look.  I beseech you to look!

Life is so generous a giver.  But we, judging its gifts by their covering, cast them away as ugly or heavy or hard.  Remove the covering, and you will find beneath it a living splendor, woven of love by wisdom, with power. Welcome it, grasp it, and you touch the angel's hand that brings it to you. Everything we call a trial, a sorrow or a duty, believe me, that angel's hand is there. The gift is there and the wonder of an overshadowing presence.  Your joys, too, be not content with them as joys.  They, too, conceal diviner gifts.

Life is so full of meaning and purpose, so full of beauty beneath its covering, that you will find earth but cloaks your heaven.  Courage then to claim it; that is all! But courage you have, and the knowledge that we are pilgrims together, wending through unknown country home.

And so, at this time, I greet you, not quite as the world sends greetings, but with profound esteem and with the prayer that for you, now and forever, the day breaks and shadows flee away.

~Fra Giovanni
Written on Christmas Eve, 1513
I am appreciating that this was written 497 years ago, but it is still completely appropriate for today.

Wishing you all the blessings of Love and Light during the season of Holi-Days, and into the New Year.
Shakura Cathryn
“We have only this moment, sparkling like a star in our hand - and melting like a snowflake.” ~Marie B. Ray