Quotes for February 2004

Why do we kill people…

· 24 February 2004

Why do we kill people who kill people to show that killing people is wrong?

— Seen on a bumper sticker

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In fasting…

· 23 February 2004

In fasting, we are free from compulsion and self-centered living.

— Karl Thienes, reflections from a retreat

« πλ | Prayer »

Building Intimacy…

· 14 February 2004

If you try to build intimacy with a person before you’ve done the hard work of getting whole on your own, all your relationships become an attempt to complete yourself, and they will fall flat.

— Les & Leslie Parrot

In other words, if you are not a “whole” person, you will use others to fill in your “holes”.

« πλ | Spirituality, Suffering »

The Part You Don’t Like…

· 13 February 2004

Everyone has a part of themselves that they don’t like. You carry it around like a weight. The lucky ones realize that when it becomes too heavy, you can choose to set it down. That is when you can see things the way they really are.

— God says to Joan, Joan of Arcadia, episode “A Night Without Stars”

« πλ | Spirituality, Suffering »

Seek God neither below or above…

· 13 February 2004

You need seek God neither below or above.
He is no farther away than the door of the heart.

— Meister Eckhart

« πλ | Spirituality »

The more you try to avoid suffering…

· 12 February 2004

The truth that many people never understand, until it is too late, is that the more you try to avoid suffering the more you suffer because smaller and more insignificant things begin to torture you in proportion to your fear of being hurt.

— Thomas Merton

« πλ | Suffering »

Despair is the first step…

· 11 February 2004

Despair is often the first step on the path of spiritual life, and many people do not awaken to the Reality of God and the experience of transformation in their lives until they go through the experience of emptiness, delusion and despair.

— Fr. Bede Griffiths

« πλ | Suffering »

Awakening begins…

· 11 February 2004

Awakening begins when a man realizes that he is going nowhere and does not know where to go.

— Georges Gurdjieff

Funny thing, I don’t feel awake…

« πλ | Spirituality »

Be Anyway…

· 9 February 2004

People are often unreasonable, illogical, and self-centered;
…Forgive them anyway.

If you are kind, people may accuse you of selfish, ulterior motives;
…Be kind anyway.

If you are successful, you will win some false friends and some true enemies;
…Succeed anyway.

If you are honest and frank, people may cheat you;
…Be honest and frank anyway.

What you spend years building, someone could destroy overnight;
…Build anyway.

If you find serenity and happiness, they may be jealous;
…Be happy anyway.

The good you do today, people will often forget tomorrow;
…Do good anyway.

Give the world the best you have, and it may never be enough;
…Give the world the best you’ve got anyway.

You see, in the final analysis, it is between you and God;
It was never between you and them anyway.

— Mother Teresa [via]

« πλ | Joy, Spirituality, Suffering »

Prayer is not idle amusement…

· 6 February 2004

Prayer is not an old woman’s idle amusement. Properly understood and applied, it is the most potent instrument of action.

— Mohandas Gandhi

« πλ | Prayer »

Meaning of Grace

· 6 February 2004

It is a touch of truth that lets you see the world in a new way. It is a gift that can only be felt when you are open enough to accept it.

— God says to Joan, Joan of Arcadia

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Community is like a mosaic…

· 5 February 2004

Community is like a large mosaic. Each little piece seems so insignificant. One piece is bright red, another cold blue or dull green, another warm purple, another sharp yellow, another shining gold. Some look precious, others ordinary. Some look valuable, others worthless. Some look gaudy, others delicate. As individuals stones, we can do little with them except compare them and judge their beauty and value. When, however, all these little stones are brought together in one big mosaic portraying the face of Christ, who would ever question the importance of any one of them? If one of them, even the least spectacular one, is missing, the face is incomplete. Together in the one mosaic, each little stone is indispensable and makes a unique contribution to the glory of God. That’s community, a fellowship of little people who together make God visible in the world.

— Henri Nouwen, Can You Drink the Cup?

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Live life like…

· 4 February 2004

Live life like a prayer to God.

— Author unknown

« πλ | Prayer »