There is nothing I can give which you have not;
but there is much that, while I
Can not give, you can take.
No heaven can come to us unless our hearts
Find rest in it today.
No peace lies in the future,
which is not somewhere hidden in this present instant.
The sometime gloom of the world is but a shadow;
Behind it, yet within our reach, is joy.
And so, at this holiday time, I greet you,
With the prayer that for you, now and forever
The days break with peace,
and all shadows flee from your path.
~Fra Giovanni, A salutation written to a friend in 1513