Hannah Senesh: “Here almost every life is the fulfillment of a mission.”

Today I’m thinking about these two short excerpts written by Hannah Senesh in her journal on September 23, 1939 and September 21, 1941 respectively. Continue reading “Hannah Senesh: “Here almost every life is the fulfillment of a mission.””

Seven Songs for this Season

Here are several of the songs I’ve been listening to during this season of life. Thanks to the friends who have shared these with me. Would love to hear what you think of them and to receive your recommendations. Continue reading “Seven Songs for this Season”

“If only one good memory remains…”

“You must know that there is nothing higher, or stronger, or sounder, or more useful afterwards in life, than some good memory, especially a memory from childhood, from the parental home. You hear a lot said about your education, yet some such beautiful, sacred memory, preserved from childhood, is perhaps the best education. If a man stores up many such memories to take into life, then he is saved for his whole life. And even if only one good memory remains with us in our hearts, that alone may serve some day for our salvation.” — Fyodor Dostoevsky

This is one of my very favourite quotations from the The Brothers Karamazov. Tonight I made fruit pizza (oat cookie crust with cream cheese and whipped cream topping covered with fruit and drizzled with chocolate), which has been my favourite dessert my whole life and which definitely reminds me of home, of my childhood, and of my family. Continue reading ““If only one good memory remains…””

Faithfulness: mastering every moment from the depth

This evening I read the second chapter in Dietrich von Hildebrand’s The Art of Living. The topic of this chapter is faithfulness, which Hildebrand describes in its large sense as “the continuity that first gives to a man’s life its inner consistency, its inner unity.”  Continue reading “Faithfulness: mastering every moment from the depth”