Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Protective prayer

This is just beautiful. I think that's all I want to say right now:

I draw prayer round me like a dark protective wall, withdraw inside it as one might into a convent cell and then step outside again, calmer and stronger and more collected again.

-- Etty Hillesum

(Do click through on Etty Hillesum's name for a truly beautiful essay on her life.)


  1. Truly remarkable...I find it almost, but not quite, impossible to believe. What a testament to the power of love.
    annie c

  2. Are you referring to the essay about Etty Hillesum, Annie? I think I know what you mean. I was bowled over when I first learned about her around 17 years ago, I'd say. She is one of the most inspiring people I've ever read about.

  3. Yes, the essay..."bowled over" is an apt description!

    annie c


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