I will love the light for it shows me the way, yet I will endure the darkness for it shows me the stars. — Og Mandino

Dear God,
I am so afraid to open my clenched fists!
Who will I be when I have nothing left to hold on to?
Who will I be when I stand before you with empty hands?
Please help me to gradually open my hands
and to discover that I am not what I own,
but what you want to give me.

— Henri Nouwen
Dutch-born Catholic priest, born January 24, 1932