On this day in 1905, Dag Hammarskjöld, a Swedish economist and diplomat, was born.  He became the second Secretary-General of the United Nations and still the youngest to be so named. His is the only Nobel Peace Prize Awarded after death.  He died while on a peace seeking mission in Africa in 1961.  After his death, some poems and spiritual meditations from his journals were published in the book MARKINGS.  Here are a few thoughts from a remarkably spiritual man.

ON FAITH: “God does not die on the day when we cease to believe in a personal deity, but we die on the day when our lives cease to be illumined by the steady radiance, renewed daily, of a wonder, the source of which is beyond all reason.”

I dont know Who —or what —put the question.
I dont know when it was put.
I dont even remember answering.
But at some moment I did answer
Yes to Someone — or Something —
and from that hour I was certain that
existence is meaningful and that,
therefore, my life, in self-surrender, had a goal.
— Dag Hammarskjöld

ON FORGIVENESS: “Forgiveness is the answer to the child’s dream of a miracle by which what is broken is made whole again, what is soiled is again made clean.”

Give me a pure heart that I may see You.
A humble heart that I may hear You,
A heart of love that I may serve You,
A heart of faith that I may abide in You.

“For all that has been — thanks. For all that will be — yes.”
— Dag Hammarskjöld


Can you imagine any greater thing
than to have communion with God
and to be wholly absorbed by him?
— Evagrios of Pontus (345-399)

Sit still in prayer and keep your attention fixed within so that you may make
good progress in holiness and close yourself off to wickedness.
Because when you are alive to mystical knowledge in this way,
you will receive a great abundance of contemplative insights into so many things.
— Evagrios of Pontus (345-399)

God created us out of love so that we might
praise and reverence his infinite goodness,
and by dedicating our lives to his service,
might enter an eternity of joyful communion with him.
— Ignatius of Loyola (1491-1556)


Do you not know or have you not heard?
The Lord is the eternal God,
creator of the ends of the earth,
The Lord does not grow faint or weary,
and his knowledge is beyond scrutiny.
The Lord gives strength to the fainting;
for the weak vigor abounds.
Though young men faint and grow weary,
and youths stagger and fall,
they that hope in the Lord will renew their strength,
they will soar as with eagle’s wings;
they will run and not grow weary, walk and not grow faint.
— Isaiah 40:28-31

POEM of the DAY:
Through Light and Shadow

through light and shadow
I am led, I follow,
through the ins and outs
the ups and downs
of these days,
when my heart is failing,
when my spirit rejoices,
when I can barely put one foot
in front of the other
still you beckon me on…
when I stumble you support me,
when I can go no further
you carry me,
through light and shadow,
in death’s dark vale,
and on the mountain peaks
you lead me,
through tangled webs,
on rocky ground,
on smoother paths,
through light and shadow
you lead me,
I follow,
may I never
walk alone…
— Sally
~ written by Sally, and posted on Eternal Echoes.


Father, I abandon myself into Your hands;
Do with me whatever You will.
Whatever You may do, I thank You.
I am ready for all, I accept all.
Let only Your will be done in me,
And in all Your creatures.
I wish no more than this, O Lord.
Into Your hands I commend my spirit;
I offer it to You, Lord,
and so need to give myself,
to surrender myself into Your hands,
Without reserve and with boundless confidence,
For You are my Father.
— Saint Charles de Foucauld (1858-1916)


Want to hear a Swedish joke?
Nevermind. Theres Norway I could Finnish it.

Why do the Swedish military have barcodes on the sides of their ships?
So when they all return to port, they can Scandinavian.

There were five men in an airplane: the pilot, a lawyer, the smartest man in the world, a priest, and a Boy Scout. They were flying along when the plane started to go down. Noticing that there were only four parachutes, the pilot grabbed a parachute and jumped out. Now with only three left, the lawyer said, Without me, the world would be dull.” So he grabs a parachute and jumps out. Then the smartest man in the world stood up and said, I cant imagine what the world would be like without me.” So he grabs a parachute and jumps out. The priest turns to the Boy Scout and says, Son, Ive lived my life and I know where Im going, so you go ahead and take the last parachute.” The Boy Scout replied, No, we can both go. The smartest man in the world took my backpack!”