Quotes for October 2003

Going with the Flow…

· 31 October 2003

A dead thing can go with the stream, but only a living thing can go against it.

— G.K. Chesterton, Everlasting Man

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Prayer is a surge of the heart…

· 30 October 2003

For me, prayer is a surge of the heart; it is a simple look turned toward heaven, it is a cry of recognition and of love, embracing both trial and joy.

— St. Thérèse of Lisieux

« πλ | Joy, Prayer, Suffering »

Two men please God…

· 16 October 2003

Two men please God—who serves Him with all his heart because he knows Him; and he who seeks Him with all his heart because he knows Him not.

— Nikita Ivanovich Panin

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Life is…

· 14 October 2003

Life is an opportunity, benefit from it.
Life is beauty, admire it.
Life is bliss, taste it.
Life is a dream, realize it.
Life is a challenge, meet it.
Life is a duty, complete it.
Life is a game, play it.
Life is a promise, fulfill it.
Life is sorrow, overcome it.
Life is a song, sing it.
Life is a struggle, accept it.
Life is a tragedy, confront it.
Life is an adventure, dare it.
Life is luck, make it.
Life is too precious, do not destroy it.
Life is life, fight for it.

— Mother Teresa

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The air we breathe…

· 13 October 2003

We rarely think of the air we breathe, yet it is in us and around us all the time. In similar fashion, the presence of God penetrates us, is all around us, is always embracing us.

— Thomas Keating, from Open Mind, Open Heart

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Great opportunities to help others…

· 12 October 2003

Great opportunities to help others seldom come, but small ones surround us every day.

— Sally Koch [via]

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Everyone has a bad hair day…

· 11 October 2003

Everyone has a bad hair day; the trick is not to have one on picture day.

— Mark Woodward (advice given to my students)

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You have been told…

· 8 October 2003

You have been told, O man, what is good,
    and what the Lord requires of you:
Only to do the right and to love goodness,
    and to walk humbly with your God.

— Micah 6:8

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To Know God as Unknown…

· 6 October 2003

In the end, we know God as unknown. (In finem nostrae cognitionis Deum tamquam ignotum cognoscimus.)

— St. Thomas Aquinas, from commentary on Boethius’ De Sancta Trinitate

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Proof of ability…

· 5 October 2003

There is only one proof of ability—results!

— Henry F. Banks

« πλ | Motivation »

Three most difficult things for a human being…

· 2 October 2003

The three most difficult things for a human being are not physical feats or intellectual achievements. They are, first, returning love for hate; second, including the excluded; third, admitting that you are wrong.

— Anthony de Mello, Awareness

« πλ | Love, Spirituality »

When the fire of your soul ignites…

· 1 October 2003

When the fire of your soul ignites the passion within your heart, don’t view it as an opportunity for success or failure, view it as an open door for miracles.

— Jenny Boylan

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