Quotes for June 2004

His will…

· 26 June 2004

His will is my peace.

— Author unknown

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Life: A Cup of Sorrows and a Cup of Joy

· 19 June 2004

Your cup of sorrows and your cup of joys are mixed into one cup, the cup of your life. It is a cup of blessings. You are asked to drink it. Drink it to the bottom as Jesus drank his.

— Inspired by Henri Nouwen’s book, Can You Drink the Cup?

« πλ | Joy, Suffering »

A Christian should always remember…

· 19 June 2004

A Christian should always remember that the value of his good works is not based on their number and excellence, but on the love of God which prompts him to do these things.

— St. John of the Cross [via]

« πλ | Love »

If you are patient…

· 18 June 2004

If you are patient in one moment of anger, you will escape 100 days of sorrow.

— Chinese proverb

« πλ | Patience, Proverb »

…to become anonymity

· 13 June 2004

“Whosoever will lose his life for my sake shall find it.” The meaning is very clear; it is the meaning of all religious practice. The individual, through prolonged psychological disciplines, gives up completely all attachment to his personal limitations, idiosyncrasies, hopes and fears, no longer resists the self-annihilation that is prerequisite to rebirth in the realization of truth, and so becomes ripe, at last, for the great at-one-ment. His personal ambitions being totally dissolved, he no longer tries to live but willingly relaxes to whatever may come to pass in him; he becomes, that is to say, an anonymity.

— Joseph Campbell [via]

« πλ | Spirituality »

Character is…

· 12 June 2004

Character is simply habit long continued.

— Plutarch

Did you notice that it does not mention what type of habits? Good habits lead to good character; bad habits lead to bad character. Reminds me of a quote by C.S. Lewis about what kind of creature are you turning yourself into because of your choices.

« πλ | Character »

What a Christian Means by “Mystery”

· 9 June 2004

A mystery means that a reality is so big that our minds cannot completely surround it. A mystery means that the more we learn something, the more we find that we have yet to learn. It is like walking toward the horizon. Even if we walk for our whole lives, we’ll never arrive at the horizon, but that doesn’t mean that we are not moving. Each day brings us new landscapes, different towns, and encounters with people we didn’t know before. A mystery is much the same: we are moving toward an horizon that cannot be reached, but that continues to yield new wonders to the mind. Mystery is not an invitation to blissful ignorance but rather to never-ending exploration.

— Fr. Jim Tucker, at Dappled Things

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You want to walk…

· 9 June 2004

If you want to walk fast, walk alone.
If you want to walk far, walk together.

— African proverb

« πλ | Proverb »


· 3 June 2004

Accept your loneliness. It is one stage, and only one stage, on a journey that brings you to God. It will not always last. Offer up your loneliness to God, as the little boy offered to Jesus his five loaves and two fishes. God can transform it for the good of others. Above all, do something for somebody else!

— Elisabeth Elliot

« πλ | Spirituality, Suffering »

Rejoice in hope…

· 3 June 2004

Rejoice in hope, endure in affliction, persevere in prayer.

— Romans 12:12 (NAB)

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