July 2: Readings from Mary Webb I. Shut in?


It does not matter how shut in we are. Opportunity for wide experience is of small account in this as in other things; it is depth that brings understanding and life. Dawn, seen through a sick woman’s window, however narrow, pulses with the same fresh wonder as it does over the whole width of the sea. A branch of flushed wild-apple brings the same joy as the mauve trumpet-flower of the tropics. One violet is as sweet as an acre of them. And it often happens – as if by a kindly law of compensation – that those who have only one violet find the way through its narrow, purple gate into the land of God, while many who walk over dewy carpets of them do not so much as know that there is a land or a way.

Mary Webb is drawing from the same spring as William Blake:

To see a World in a Grain of Sand

And a Heaven in a Wild Flower

Hold Infinity in the palm of your hand 

And Eternity in an hour.

We might remember those last two lines next time we are at Mass.



Filed under Daily Reflections

2 responses to “July 2: Readings from Mary Webb I. Shut in?

  1. Beautiful and, in my own experience, so true! Because of a severe physical disability, I usually only leave my home to go to Mass. But, I seem to notice the exquisite beauty of the little things around me – the first dewey star peeping out, the sheen of the pine needles in sunlight when spring has finally come – more than others who travel far and wide. And I am grateful to God for this gift.
    Thank you for sharing Mary Webb with us! And lines from my favorite William Blake poem – never thought about the Eucharist for the last two lines. Awesome and wonderful.

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  2. Am I glad you liked this! I’ll have to return to Mary Webb, maybe after passing by Shropshire in the Autumn. On the last occasion we were there at that season the colours, less subdued than on your side of the pond, were restful on the eye. Keep your eyes peeled, Christina. thank you for writing.


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