Friday, September 19, 2008

The flame of love

"Red Run"

Some time ago I posted a video on another one of my blogs about the painting elephants. These are elephants who were previously working animals and who have had to be "retired" as they have outlived their usefulness. They now live on an elephant sanctuary. They have been taught to paint in order to help raise money for their upkeep. Above is one such painting. Below is a quotation from, to my mind, the most astute psychologist of the spiritual life ever:

The flame of love grows as it is divided
it increases by being shared
from one, then two, then three
and darkness is transformed into glory
and the walls reflect its light
Share your flame!
Share your flame!

- St. John of the Cross

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