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          Look and witness the beauty that surrounds you,

                And realise that you too are part of this beauty.

              Try to see the image and likeness of God around you.

                And learn, in humility, to be in communion with that image,

                      As were the saints of old and staretz* of our times.

                                                                                              Fr Maxim Nikolsky

                                                                                                       * Staretz - Wise Elder



Reflect on the words of Nelson Mandela

   Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate.
   Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.
   It is our light, not our darkness, that most frightens us.
   We ask ourselves, who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous?
   Actually, who are you not to be?
   You are a child of God;
   Your playing small doesn't serve the world.
   There is nothing enlightened about shrinking
               so that other people won't feel insecure around you.
   We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us.
   It's not just in some of us; it's in everyone.
   And as we let our light shine,
               we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same.
   As we are liberated from our own fear,
               our presence automatically liberates others.












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