“It is not from lack of religion in the ordinary sense of the word that the world is suffering, it is from lack of love, lack of awareness. And love is generated through awareness and through no other way, no other way. Understand the obstructions you are putting in the way of love, freedom, and happiness and they will drop.
Turn on the light of awareness and the darkness will disappear. Happiness is not something you acquire; love is not something you produce; love is not something that you have; love is something that has you.
You do not have the wind, the stars, and the rain. You don’t possess these things; you surrender to them. And surrender occurs when you are aware”
Fr. Anthony DeMello, S.J., in “Awareness”
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“There’s a light in the depths of your darkness.
There’s a calm at the eye of every storm.
There’s a light in the depths of your darkness,
Let it shine,
Oh, let it shine.”
Dan Fogelberg, in the song “There’s a Place in the World for a Gambler” (1972)
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