Quotes for January 2004

Holiness does not consist of…

· 27 January 2004

Holiness does not consist of doing extraordinary things. It consists of accepting with a smile, what Jesus sends us. It consists in accepting and following the will of God.

— Mother Teresa (thanks Maggie)

« πλ | Spirituality, Suffering »

Enough Suffering

· 27 January 2004

If we could read the secret history of our enemies,
we would find in each person’s life
sorrow and suffering enough to disarm all hostility.

— Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

I would add that this why we should carry an attitude of mercy about us.

« πλ | Suffering »

The Kingdom of God

· 26 January 2004

The Kingdom of God is any place where the will of God is done.

— A saying of Fr. Ken

« πλ | Faith »

Amateurs vs. Professionals

· 25 January 2004

Amateurs built the Ark. Professionals built the Titanic.

— Author Unknown

« πλ | Observation »

Everything is a miracle…

· 23 January 2004

There are two ways to live your life.
One is as though nothing is a miracle.
The other is as though everything is a miracle.

— Albert Einstein

« πλ | Joy, Ponder, Spirituality »

Roe v. Wade

· 22 January 2004

America needs no words from me to see how your decision in Roe v. Wade has deformed a great nation. The so-called right to abortion has pitted mothers against their children and women against men. It has portrayed the greatest of gifts—a child—as a competitor, an intrusion, and an inconvenience.

— Mother Teresa

« πλ | Politics, Religion »

Abortion is…

· 22 January 2004

Abortion is the ultimate exploitation of women.

— Alice Paul [via]

« πλ | Politics »

Nonviolence is not…

· 19 January 2004

Nonviolence is not sterile passivity, but a powerful moral force which makes for social transformation.

— Martin Luther King, Jr. [via]

« πλ | Politics »

Aesthetic appreciation…

· 16 January 2004

It is so fatally easy to confuse an aesthetic appreciation of the spiritual life with the life itself—to dream that you have waked, washed, and dressed and then to find yourself still in bed.

— C.S. Lewis [via]

« πλ | Spirituality »

God is awake…

· 16 January 2004

Have courage for the great sorrows of life and patience for the small ones; and when you have laboriously accomplished your daily task, go to sleep in peace. God is awake.

— Victor Hugo [via]

« πλ | Spirituality, Suffering »

The path of love…

· 12 January 2004

It is by the path of love, which is charity, that God draws near to man, and man to God. But where charity is not found, God cannot dwell. If, then, we possess charity, we possess God, for ‘God is Charity’ (1 Jn 4:8).

— St. Albert the Great [via]

« πλ | Love »

Suffering is…

· 12 January 2004

Suffering is wishing things were other than they are.

— Buddha [via]

« πλ | Suffering »

Upgrade My Attachments…

· 12 January 2004

Detachment means upgrading my ‘attachments’ to ‘preferences’.

— Jennifer Rice [via]

« πλ | Joy, Suffering »

Key to unlocking human destiny…

· 11 January 2004

The key to unlocking our human destiny is the joy of possessing the Beloved, not loving what we possess.

— Gordon Fuglie (from essay describing this painting)

« πλ | Joy »

You cannot remove…

· 9 January 2004

You cannot remove from a person’s mind with reason that which reason never put there in the first place.

Rev. Mike (via a comment at open book)

« πλ | Observation »

Discouragement is not…

· 9 January 2004

Discouragement is not from God.

— St. Ignatius [via]

« πλ | Faith, Suffering »

Adopted Sons of God

· 4 January 2004

We are not begotten by God, we are only made by Him: in our natural state we are not sons of God, only (so to speak) statues. We have not got Zoe or spiritual life: only Bios or biological life which is presently going to run down and die. Now the whole offer which Christianity makes is this: that we can, if we let God have His way, come to share a life which was begotten, not made, which has always existed and always will exist. Christ is the Son of God. If we share in this kind of life we also shall be sons of God. We shall love the Father as He does and the Holy Ghost will arise in us. He came into this world and became a man in order to spread to other men the kind of life He has—by what I call ‘good infection’. Every Christian is to become a little Christ. The whole purpose of becoming a Christian is simply nothing more.

— C.S. Lewis, Mere Christianity

« πλ | Faith »


· 1 January 2004

I cannot affect you without you affecting me.

— Author unknown

« πλ | Love, Observation »