Healed, Whole, Holy

“It is no coincidence that the root word of whole, health, heal, holy, is hale (as in hale and hearty).  If we are healed, we become whole, we are hale and hearty, we are holy.

The marvelous thing is that this holiness is nothing we can earn.  We don’t become holy by acquiring merit badges and Brownie points.  It has nothing to do with virtue or job descriptions or morality.  It is nothing we can do, in this do-it-yourself world.  It is gift, sheer gift, waiting there to be recognized and received.  We do not have to be qualified to be holy.  We do not have to be qualified to be whole, or healed.”

                                    ~  Madeleine L’Engle

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“Wounds.  By his wounds we are healed.  But they are our wounds, too, and until we have been healed we do not know what wholeness is.  The discipline of creation, be it to paint, compose, write, is an effort toward wholeness.”
                                     ~ Madeleine L’Engle