Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Thus and Only Thus

'Every day and every hour,
dear Lord,
Your Holy Spirit speaks
within my soul...

Help me to be
no longer dull, foolish,
reckless, ungrateful.

With Your aid,
I undertake in the future
to remember Your Presence,
to heed Your Voice,
to accept Your judgements,
to look at life
through Your eyes,
and to measure values
in the light of Eternity.

Thus and only thus,
can I know the truth,
gain happiness,
grow holy.

Only thus can I
fulfill my
glorious destiny
to become like You.' 
                 (written by 'A Religious,' LISTENING TO THE INDWELLING PRESENCE, Pellegrini, Sydney, 1940,  pp. 16-17)

'Be holy, as I am holy.'  
                (1 Peter 1:16) 

(Painting: Robert Koehler, First Snow)


  1. That's a beautiful prayer, Nancy.
    What a blessing it is to read the words of this precious "religious".

    1. I am so happy to be able to share these things right here, Trish!

  2. Nancy,

    Don't you just love that blue dress? Imagine wearing clothes like that every day. I wonder what that woman is thinking as she gazes out the window. Is she seeing life through God's eyes?

    I love how you match up quotes with paintings!

    God bless!