For One Moment

Soul drunk, body ruined, these two
sit helpless in a wrecked wagon.
Neither knows how to fix it.
And my heart, I'd say it was more
like a donkey sunk in a mudhole,
struggling and miring deeper.
But listen to me: for one moment,
quit being sad. Hear blessings
dropping their blossoms
around you. God.
— Jelaluddin Rumi in The Essential Rumi by Coleman Barks and Jelaluddin Rumi

Why Change?

What is it
you want to change?
Your hair, your face, your body?
For God is
in love with all those things
and He might weep
when they are gone.
— St. Catherine of Siena in Divining the Body by Jan Phillips

Join the Dance

The world and time are the dance of the Lord
in emptiness.
The silence of the spheres is the music of
a wedding feast.

The more we persist in misunderstanding the phenomena
of life,
the more we analyze them out into strange finalities
and complex purposes of our own,
the more we involve ourselves in sadness, absurdity, and

But it does not matter much,
because no despair of ours can alter the
reality of things,
or stain the joy of the cosmic dance which is always

Indeed we are in the midst of it,
and it is in the midst of us,
for it beats in our very blood, whether we
want it to or not.

Yet the fact remains that we are invited to forget
ourselves on purpose,
cast our awful solemnity to the winds and join in the
general dance.
Thomas Merton: A Book of Hours by Thomas Merton and Kathleen Deignan, editor