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“All too often we bemoan our imperfections rather than embrace them as part of the process in which we are brought to God. Cherished emptiness gives God space in which to work. We are pure capacity for God. Let us not, then, take our littleness lightly. It is a wonderful grace. It is a gift to receive. At the same time, let us not get trapped in the confines of our littleness, but keep pushing on to claim our greatness. Remind yourself often, “I am pure capacity for God; I can be more.”
Macrina Wiederkehr, A Tree Full of Angels: Seeing the Holy in the Ordinary
“Holiness comes wrapped in the ordinary. There are burning bushes all around you. Every tree is full of angels. Hidden beauty is waiting in every crumb.”
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“O God, help me to believe the truth about myself, no matter how beautiful it is.”
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“Union with God is the only heaven there is, and it begins here on earth.”
Macrina Wiederkehr, A Tree Full of Angels
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“The seasons of my heart change like the seasons of the fields. There are seasons of wonder and hope, seasons of suffering and love, seasons of healing. There are seasons of dying and rising, seasons of faith.”
Macrina Wiederkehr, Seasons of Your Heart: Prayers and Reflections, Revised and Expanded
“Taking off your shoes is a sacred ritual. It is a hallowed moment of remembering the goodness of space and time. It is a way of celebrating the holy ground on which you stand.”
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“There’s nothing like sorrow to get your attention. It is almost as though sorrow pulls presence out of you. In the midst of sorrow there’s nothing to do but be there and celebrate the hurt. We celebrate the hurt through holy screams. Holy screams come from the heart. They are screams that people often, in their ignorance, try to smother. Don’t let them take your screams away too early. Holy resignation comes only after holy screams.”
Macrina Wiederkehr, A Tree Full of Angels: Seeing the Holy in the Ordinary
“I am aware of the many ways the Church has failed me, and I have failed her. Yet in the midst of these mutual failures, I claim this Church as mine. She is my Church, my home, my mother. I will not run away from her, for I have seen through the cracks of her frailty her tremendous splendor, her littleness and her greatness, her poverty and her wealth. I feel more fed than failed. Not everyone can say this, however, and so we are called to great sensitivity in this area. Together we have to accept both the burden and the grace of being Church. The Church is us. She is mine and she is me. She is yours and she is you. She is home, a broken home, yes! Broken, because you and I are broken.”
Macrina Wiederkehr, A Tree Full of Angels: Seeing the Holy in the Ordinary
“Once you understand a wound it loses its power to destroy you.”
Macrina Wiederkehr, Seasons of Your Heart: Prayers and Reflections, Revised and Expanded
“Sometimes we have to be left on our own to discover the uniqueness and strength that is ours.”
Macrina Wiederkehr, Seasons of Your Heart: Prayers and Reflections, Revised and Expanded
“The fast pace of our lives makes it difficult for us to find grace in the present moment, and when the simple gifts at our fingertips cease to nourish us, we have a tendency to crave the sensational.”
Macrina Wiederkehr, A Tree Full of Angels: Seeing the Holy in the Ordinary
“O Tree of God—Tree of Life, In the gift of your shade, I stand, my heart raised to your Creator. Your branches call me to reach out in all directions to many people. Your branches remind me of the sheltering arms of God. Your roots call me to be rooted in all that is good and nourishing. Your roots ask me to spend time in the ground of my being. Teach me, like you, to praise God in the silence of my being. Help me to surrender unnecessary words. Draw me, like a magnet, into the abiding love of God. And when it is time for me to die, teach me to die gracefully and joyfully. Teach me to let go as you let go of your leaves each autumn. In living and in dying, teach me to praise God by living well and dying well. May it come to pass!”
Macrina Wiederkehr, Abide
“I wind in and out of people’s lives. Having touched them, I am blessed. Having touched me, they are blessed. Our roots are deepened. Our wings are strengthened. We have given each other grace to live more deeply.”
Macrina Wiederkehr, Seasons of Your Heart: Prayers and Reflections, Revised and Expanded
“We have not been abandoned. We have, perhaps, in that leaving been given the gift of ourselves in a new, deeper, and more lasting way.”
Macrina Wiederkehr, Seasons of Your Heart: Prayers and Reflections, Revised and Expanded
“My God is not imprisoned anywhere, not in the Bible nor the tabernacle. Real Presence is everywhere, and those with the hearts of children revel in it.”
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“inevitably someone will ask me about the word mindfulness with a tone of caution, suggesting that this is a Buddhist concept. It is true that Buddhists have long been faithful to the practice of mindfulness, but striving to live mindfully is a universal quest and belongs to us all. Living mindfully is the art of living awake and ready to embrace the gift of the present moment.”
Macrina Wiederkehr, Seven Sacred Pauses: Living Mindfully Through the Hours of the Day
“Alone All-One Alone with God All-One with God Being alone with God Being all-one with God…… It is a terrible grace.
An awesome gift, but terrifying all the same. There is no way to get there except to lose yourself, to lose what you know of yourself. And the the battle is over. There will be nothing left but God………….
Now I understand why Jesus went out to the desert hills so often alone…”
Macrina Wiederkehr, A Tree Full of Angels: Seeing the Holy in the Ordinary


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