From Isaac of Stella

"So, brother, make for yourself a hidden place within yourself, in which you can flee away from yourself and pray in secret to the Father." Isaac of Stella

Passing From Self to God: A Cistercian Retreat, Robert Thomas, OCSO Cistercian Press, 2006, p. 4

Friday, March 18, 2011

Yeah though I walk through the valley of the shadow of taxes....

It turns out that taxes will be especially brutal this year even though my income has decreased.  As a self employed individual I send in my estimated taxes quarterly, but there is always an element of voodoo involved in the estimation.  Despite the best efforts of my accountant we will have to make some significant adjustments to the budget to make up the shortfall this year and prevent it from reocuring next year, barring further government changes to the tax code.  However I had already determined to live a more "Franciscan" life style and so the government mandates merely give urgency to what was going to be a free will change.  So all things will resound to His glory!

Blessed be the Lord, the God of all the world!
He holds in his hands the fate of all of us.
In our comings and our goings He is there in the midst with us
Carrying the cross of all our sufferings.

Blessed be the Lord, who is and always will be
The divine Logos that underpins all that is
The mysterious and wonderful Thing in itself
That which we know through beauty, and self abnegation.

Blessed be the Lord, whose love sustains us all
May his name be ever praised
And all his world rejoice in him!
Today listen and hear His voice of Love!

Blessed be the Lord!

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