The Way of Grace


Mrs. O’Brien: The nuns taught us there were two ways through life – the way of nature and the way of grace. You have to choose which one you’ll follow.

Nature only wants to please itself. Get others to please it too. Likes to lord it over them. To have its own way. It finds reasons to be unhappy when all the world is shining around it. And love is smiling through all things.

Grace doesn’t try to please itself. Accepts being slighted, forgotten, disliked. Accepts insults and injuries.

The nuns taught us that no one who loves the way of grace ever comes to a bad end. The only way to be happy is to love. Unless you love, your life will flash by.

–from The Tree of Life, written by Terrence Malick

Click here to see clips from the movie set to John Tavener’s beautiful Funeral Canticle, which is a piece of music featured in the movie.

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