Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Wednesday of the Third Week of Lent

About Reading Through Lent

My dear children, perhaps you will not understand what I'm going to say to you now, for I often speak very incomprehensibly, but, I'm sure, you will remember that there's nothing higher, stronger, more wholesome and more useful in life than some good memory, especially when it goes back to the days of your childhood, to the days of your life at home. You are told a lot about your education, but some beautiful, sacred memory, preserved since childhood, is perhaps the best education of all. If a man carries many such memories into life with him, he is saved for the rest of his days. And even if only one good memory is left in our hearts, it may also be the instrument of our salvation one day.
Fyodor Dostoyevsky

I sometimes fear the younger generation will be deprived
      of the pleasures of hoeing;
      there is no knowing
how many souls have been formed by this simple exercise.
The dry earth like a great scab breaks, revealing
      moist-dark loam—
      the pea-root's home,
a fertile wound perpetually healing.
How neatly the green weeds go under!
      The blade chops the earth new.
      Ignorant the wise boy who
has never performed this simple, stupid and useful wonder.
John Updike


Most but not all quotes taken from the compilation A Lent Sourcebook: The Forty Days, ed. by J. Robert Baker, Evelyn Kaehler and Peter Mazar.  Liturgy Training Publication, 1990. 

1 comment:

  1. Your post made me remember my daughter's first garden; a little green bean patch at the end of our yard, right next to a fairly busy suburban road. I'd worry, watching her from my kitchen window that she might wander, or a car might stray from its path, but neither ever happened.

    What did happen was simply magical. The beans grew. She learned the joy of turning the earth, and we both have the rest of our lives to remember the precious moments.

    An dwe got to eat some fresh beans.

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