“Life is so generous a giver….” Fra. Giocondo, Christmas Eve, 1513

A selection, below,  from Weekly Quotes, from Linda Graham, Recovering Resilience

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“Fra Giovanni Giocondo (c.1435-1515) was a Renaissance pioneer, accomplished as an architect, engineer, antiquary, archaeologist, classical scholar, and Franciscan friar. Today we remember him most for his reassuring letter to Countess Allagia Aldobrandeschi on Christmas Eve, 1513, a perennial favorite in these weekly quotes.” weekly quotes, Resources for Recovering Resilience, Linda Graham

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life is so generous a giver Fra Giocondo

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life is so generous fra Giocondo beseech you to look

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(added several hours later)
A photo of some rainbow lights shining on one of the printed pages. That page was hanging from a lamp, in the vue-room, next to a chair I was sitting in. The light was coming through a crystal, hanging in the south facing window behind me…a continuing fascination each day,  as I  watch where the rainbow lights light.   Ahhhhhh…the joys of watching the meandering path of the rainbow lights.  Ahhhhh….the de-lightful rainbow lights… honoring, learning from and appreciating the wisdom of these lights.

“to see we only have to look…I beseech you to look!”
thank you …  I see  …

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life is so generous crystal light friend

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Part of Nurturing Thursday, hosted at Becca’s blog, On Dragonfly Wings With Buttercup Tea

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16 Responses to “Life is so generous a giver….” Fra. Giocondo, Christmas Eve, 1513

  1. leah77 says:

    What beautiful and rich greetings. Life really is generous. Wishing you a heavenly portion of love and joy this holiday season.
    Hugs!
    Leah

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  2. Isn’t that absolutely lovely! I just found it this morning and was so moved by what he wrote…such inspiring and loving reminders traveling to us through past centuries…remarkable!
    hugs and blessings to you too, Leah, warmly, kathy

    ps… I added it to Reflections blog too…it’s even more beautiful reading it with a darker background….really beautiful… 🙂 http://reflectionsfromafriend.wordpress.com/2013/12/24/life-is-so-generous-a-giver-fra-giocondo-christmas-eve-1513/

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  3. You are so generous in your giving of the words of generosity. May your Christmas be Merry and bright!

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    • Thank you Carol….as you also are so generous with your words, photos and ideas… and yes…wishes for merry and bright Christmases, to you and to all beings around the world…

      I mentioned in the comment to Leah, above, that the images and letter are also on Reflections…and the deeper blue background colors on Reflections feel to me a bit like the message coming to us through “time”… messages of love and generosity traveling through the ages… really pretty … http://reflectionsfromafriend.wordpress.com/

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  4. lauriesnotes says:

    i just love the prism lights on the words… “love” especially..
    Beautiful.

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  6. becca givens says:

    AWESOME …. thank you so much for shining light with each of your post … truly, gifts with each push of the “publish” button!! 😀 I appreciate you for joining me during this past new year for Nurturing Thursday — you make them so special!! 😀

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  7. sufilight says:

    It’s beautiful to catch a glimpse of a man’s soul from so long ago. I love what you did to the letter with the rainbow graphics. Happy Holiday, Kathy!

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    • Marie, isn’t it so remarkable to glimpse that man’s soul and the warmth of their friendship…very special. And those rainbow lights…I had hung the excerpts from that lamp, so I could read and reflect on the wisdom in them, and keep reminding myself of those ideas. The prism rainbow lights have been making surprise “landings” on other special items in the room, but I hadn’t realized they would land on this page…and then on those specific words…what an inspiring surprise that was! Happy Holidays to you, Marie…wishing you deep happiness, beauty and serenity.

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