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August 21, 2005

Here's A Little Something

The mothers and I just got back home from NY this evening, so I still don't have enough sense to post something real. In the meantime, here's Roxy, who somehow never made it onto the site before, despite being LOVED by her dad.


And while you're here, why don't you enjoy this quotation from Thomas Merton (a fave of Dan's) that I included in his service last week?

“Yesterday, in Louisville, at the corner of 4th and Walnut, I was suddenly overwhelmed with the realization that I loved all these people, that they were mine and I theirs, that we could not be alien to one another even though we were total strangers. It was like waking from a dream of separateness, of spurious self-isolation in a special world, the world of renunciation and supposed holiness. The whole illusion of a separate holy existence is a dream. Not that I question the reality of my vocation, or of my monastic life: but the conception of "separation from the world" that we have in the monastery too easily presents itself as a complete illusion . . . I have the immense joy of being man, a member of a race in which God Himself became incarnate. As if the sorrows and stupidities of the human condition could overwhelm me, now I realize what we all are. And if only everybody could realize this! But it cannot be explained. There is no way of telling people that they are all walking around shining like the sun.”

Posted by Dan at August 21, 2005 11:38 PM

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Thank you for sharing this with us. It so reminds me of Dan's philosophy. Also, thank you for sharing the picture.

Posted by: Carla [TypeKey Profile Page] at August 22, 2005 08:45 AM

I seem to remember a picture of Roxy scuba diving. Is that crazy, or possible?

Thanks for the quote -- I loved it.

Thanks for posting, Stephanie. You remain in my prayers.

Posted by: red fish [TypeKey Profile Page] at August 23, 2005 07:09 AM

I just wanted to send along my condolences. I corresponded with Dan briefly during the Iron Blog days, and was so sad to come back to read his words and hear the news. My heart goes out to you.

Posted by: drublood [TypeKey Profile Page] at September 1, 2005 12:12 AM

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