Within our reach

Light shines into a dark corridor in Castillo San Cristóbal, San Juan, Puerto Rico 2010

Light shines into a dark corridor in Castillo San Cristóbal, San Juan, Puerto Rico 2010

“The gloom of the world is but a shadow. Behind it, yet within our reach, is joy.
Take joy!”
Attributed to Fra Giovanni Giocondo

This blog gives me an excuse to spend time reading from the wealth of inspiring, encouraging and remarkable writings that have accumulated over centuries.  Much of what I read — probably most of it — was written by people who faced situations as dark or even darker than what we are facing now, yet refused to stop believing that joy is not only possible, but readily available to those willing  to seek it out.  The darkness is real, the troubles painful…but truth lives, beauty shines, and so much that is good is still with us.  Wherever you are today, whatever difficulties you may be facing, I pray that you will be encouraged by these words to see your own future with hope, and take joy!

This post was originally published seven years ago today. You can view the original with comments here.


  1. Amen, Brother Giovanni!
    Good morning, Julia!
    That photo is intriguing. I have looked at it for a long time, now. I like it.

    • I’m glad you like it! If you haven’t been to that fort, I highly recommend it if you find yourself in San Juan PR anytime soon.

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