beyond the parapets of my own making
to see wider horizons than I’ve ever imagined
to remember the hope I have
to deal with disappointment
to grieve when I need to; to express it gently
and not be tempted by hate
to believe in better ways of living
to seek a higher, eternal kingdom
when everything churns beneath me.
…and two prayers from Teresa of Avila:
Let nothing disturb you.
Let nothing frighten you.
All things pass away:
God never changes.
Patience obtains all things.
Those who have God
Find they lack nothing;
God alone suffices.
Christ has no body now, but yours.
No hands, no feet on earth, but yours.
Yours are the eyes through which he looks
With compassion on this world.