Saturday, July 21, 2018

July 21,  2018


July 21, 2018

Thought for today: 

“Noise does not do any  good 
And good does not make any noise.” 

“Le bruit ne fait pas de bien
Le bien ne fait pas de bruit.”

Brigitte Bardot

Friday, July 20, 2018

July 20, 2018 

Thought for today: 

“All  sins  are  attempts  to  fill  voids.” 

“Tous les Péchés sont des tentatives pour comber des vides.” 

Simone Weil [1909-1943], 
in La Pesanteur et la grace 
(Gravity and Grace, 1948), p. 27.

July 20, 2018


Secrets -
sins and hurts -
on tiny pieces of paper -
are stuck between the stones
of our soul.  We pull them out
to read them every once in a while -
but most of the time we ignore
them - or push them deeper into
the skin of our soul - always
knowing - when we acknowledge
them - we can be that much more
understanding and kinder
of each other.

© Andy Costello, Reflections 2018

Thursday, July 19, 2018

July 19, 2018


Find a place that is silent -
a corner room or a basement chair.
Then, as they say in church,
make sure all electronic devices
are turned off. Next take 10 minutes -
exactly 10 minutes -  of silence. 
Be silent.  Be still. Be quiet. 
At first devices in your mind will be talking. Acknowledge each voice. 
Then turn them off - one by one. 
Notice them as they disappear. 
Next .... Listen .... Listen ....
Then notice God will be there - 
right there, right now, now, now....
The Silent God is with you.

 © Andy Costello, Reflections 2018

July 19, 2018 

Thought for today: 

“We’re all of us guinea pigs in the laboratory of God.  Humanity is just a work in progress.” 

Tennessee Williams [1911-1983] 
in  Camino Real [1953] block 12

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

July 18, 2018


Find 12 writers whose words 
and wisdom are just waiting there.

Get a crowbar!  Open up your
mind and open up their books.

Or do Ted Talks - or lectures or
talking books - and listen! Think!

For example, read Anne Lamott,
or Robert Fulghum or John Donne,

or John Shea or Annie Dilliard or
Barbara Brown Taylor or Rene Girard,

or John McPhee, Jane Austin, Hafiz,
Thomas Moore or your autobiography.

© Andy Costello, Reflections 2018