Group Reading
“When life doesn’t meet your expectations, it is important to take it with grace.” ― Patricia Briggs

One  Like the joy of the sea coming home to shore,
All  May the relief of laughter rinse through your soul.
One  As the wind loves to call things to dance,
All  May your gravity by lightened by grace.
One  Like the dignity of moonlight restoring the earth,
All  May your thoughts incline with reverence and respect.
One  As water takes whatever shape it is in,
All  So free may you be about who you become.
One As silence smiles on the other side of what’s said,
All  May your sense of irony bring perspective.
One  As time remains free of all that it frames,
All  May your mind stay clear of all it names. ― John O’Donohue

Quotes & Readings
“Life is grace. Sleep is forgiveness. The night absolves. Darkness wipes the slate clean, not spotless to be sure, but clean enough for another day’s chalking.” 
― Frederick Buechner

“Our age not only does not have a very sharp eye for the almost imperceptible intrusions of grace, it no longer has much feeling for the nature of the violences which precede and follow them.” 
― Flannery O’Connor

“A family in my sister’s neighborhood was recently stricken with a double tragedy, when both the young mother and her three-year-old son were diagnosed with cancer. When Catherine told me about this, I could only say, shocked, “Dear God, that family needs grace.” She replied firmly, “That family needs casseroles,” and proceeded to organize the entire neighborhood into bringing that family dinner, in shifts, every single night, for an entire year. I do not know if my sister fully recognizes that this IS grace.” 
― Elizabeth Gilbert, “Eat, Pray, Love”

 “…I want first of all – in fact, as an end to these other desires – to be at peace with myself. I want a singleness of eye, a purity of intention, a central cor to my life that will enable me to carry out these obligations and activities as well as I can. I want, in fact – to borrow from the language of the saints -to live ‘in grace’ as much of the time as possible. I am not using this term in a strictly theological sense. By grace I mean an inner harmony, essentially spiritual, which can be translated into outward harmony…” 
 ― Anne Morrow Lindbergh

Grace is the permanent climate of divine kindness; the perennial infusion of springtime into the winter of bleakness.”   – John O’Donohue

Seed of Cleaning the Slate
If someone makes a mistake, don’t rub it in, rub it out. Erase even the hint of guilt or blame. Wipe the slate clean. If they know they did all wrong, let them know it will be alright. Help them find a way to make amends.  Give all the fresh starts that people need, because you know you’ve been given the same grace in your life.

Say to yourself: Everyone deserves a second chance, just as I have been given many times.

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