Uncomplicated thoughts: Fra Giovanni’s Christmas Eve letter to a friend 1513

A portion of this meaningful letter:

“I salute you. I am your friend, and my love for you goes deep. There is nothing I can give you which you have not. But there is much, very much, that, while I cannot give it, you can take. No heaven can come to us unless our hearts find rest in it today. Take heaven! No peace lies in the future which is not hidden in this present little instant. Take peace! The gloom of the world is but a shadow. Behind it, yet within our reach, is joy. There is radiance and glory in darkness, could we but see. And to see, we have only to look. I beseech you to look! Life is so generous a giver. But we, judging its gifts by their covering, cast them away as ugly or heavy or hard. Remove the covering, and you will find beneath it a living splendor, woven of love by wisdom, with power. Welcome it, grasp it, and you touch the angel’s hand that brings it to you.” Fra Giovanni Giocondo

Wikipedia: Giovanni GiocondoOrder of Friars Minor, (c. 1433 – 1515) was an Italian friar, architectantiquaryarchaeologist, and classical scholar.

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