Quotes for July 2004

Souls who do not practice prayer…

· 31 July 2004

Souls who do not practice prayer are like people whose limbs are paralyzed.

— St. Teresa of Avila

« πλ | Prayer »

Only you can choose…

· 30 July 2004

Only you can choose to be happy or sad.
No one else can make that choice.
Are you going to let someone else choose it for you?

Read the story about this quote.

« πλ | Motivation »

We shall be judged by love…

· 29 July 2004

In the evening of our life, we shall be judged by love, namely, by the sincerity of our love for God, for our neighbor, for our soul.

— St. John of the Cross

« πλ | Love »

Everything that is not music is silence

· 28 July 2004

Heaven…a place where everything that is not music is silence.

— George MacDonald

And Hell, according to C.S. Lewis, is the kingdom of noise.

« πλ | Heaven, Silence »

I believe…

· 27 July 2004

I believe in the sun
even when it is not shining,
in love when I’m alone,
and in God even when He is silent.

— Found scratched on a concentration camp wall

« πλ | Faith »

Life is a gift…

· 26 July 2004

Life is a gift, not to possess, but to share.

— Henri Nouwen

« πλ | Community, Joy »

The greatest trick the devil ever pulled…

· 25 July 2004

The greatest trick the devil ever pulled was convincing the world he didn’t exist.

— Verbal Kint, The Usual Suspects

« πλ | Hell, Movie »

Detachment from things…

· 24 July 2004

The importance of detachment from things, the importance of poverty, is that we are supposed to be free from things that we might prefer to people. Wherever things have become more important than people, we are in trouble. That is the crux of the whole matter.

— Thomas Merton

What do you give thanks for in prayer?

« πλ | Spirituality »

It matters…

· 23 July 2004

It matters,
    what you…say, do, think, feel, create, imagine.

It matters,
    how you…love, give, receive, serve, play, communicate.

It matters,
    that you…care, live, rest, laugh, risk, appreciate.

— Author unknown

« πλ | Character »

Faith is daring of the soul to…

· 21 July 2004

Faith is daring of the soul to go farther than it can see.

— William Newton Clarke

« πλ | Faith »

Criticism is love turned sour…

· 21 July 2004

In the spiritual domain, criticism is love turned sour… If criticism becomes a habit, it will destroy the moral energy of the life and paralyze the spiritual force… Whenever you are in a critical temper, it is impossible to enter into communion with God. Criticism makes you hard and vindictive and cruel, and leaves you with the flattering unction that you are a superior person. It is impossible to develop the characteristics of a saint and maintain a critical attitude.

— Oswald Chambers [via]

« πλ | Love, Saint »

Courage is…

· 20 July 2004

Courage is fear that has said its prayers.

— Author unknown

« πλ | Motivation, Prayer »

The Speed of the Future

· 19 July 2004

The future is something which everyone reaches at the rate of 60 minutes an hour, whatever he does, whoever he is.

— C.S. Lewis [via]

« πλ | Observation »

…echoes in eternity

· 19 July 2004

What we do in life, echoes in eternity.

— Maximus, Gladiator

« πλ | Movie, Spirituality »


· 18 July 2004

Are not our desires inseparably intertwined with the continuation of life? Even the idea of eliminating desire is fruitless. The desire to eliminate all desire is still itself a desire. How can we find release and peace by replacing one desire with another? Surely we shall find peace not by eliminating desire, but by finding its fulfillment and satisfaction in the One who created it.

— Sadhu Sundar Singh

« πλ | Spirituality »

The Teacher would not have prayer…

· 17 July 2004

Before all things, the Teacher of Peace and the Master of Unity would not have prayer made singly and individually, as for one who prays only for himself. For we do not say, “My Father, who art in heaven”… Our prayer is public and common; and when we pray, we pray not for one, but for the whole people, because we the whole people are one.

— St. Cyprian of Carthage [via]

After all, we are all members of the Vine

« πλ | Community, Prayer »

Anger is…

· 16 July 2004

Anger is a secondary emotion. It masks something else underneath.

— Author unknown

So pray to God to shed light and wisdom on the real problem…

« πλ | Suffering »

We are the music makers…

· 16 July 2004

We are the music makers, and we are the dreamers of the dreams.

— Willy Wonka

« πλ | Motivation, Movie »

God shouts…

· 15 July 2004

God whispers to us in our pleasures, speaks in our conscience, but shouts in our pain. Pain is His megaphone to rouse a deaf world.

— C.S. Lewis, The Problem of Pain

« πλ | Suffering »

Seek not to understand…

· 14 July 2004

Seek not to understand so that you may believe, but believe so that you may understand.

— St. Augustine

Kind of like the question about which came first, the chicken or the egg? Faith or trust?

« πλ | Faith »

Seeking God for God or Just for the Light?

· 13 July 2004

Know that when you seek anything of your own, you will never find God, because you do not seek God purely. You are seeking something along with God, and you are acting just as if you were to make a candle out of God in order to look for something with it. Once one finds the things one is looking for, one throws the candle away. This is what you are doing.

— Meister Eckhart

« πλ | Faith »

Self-centered merit brings…

· 12 July 2004

When you truly awaken,
      You have no formal merit.
In the multiplicity of the relative world,
      You cannot find such freedom.
Self-centered merit brings the joy of heaven itself,
      But it is like shooting an arrow at the sky;
      When the force is exhausted, it falls to the earth,
      And then everything goes wrong.

— Cheng Tao-Ko [via]

« πλ | Spirituality »

A Little Pencil in the Hand of God…

· 12 July 2004

I am a little pencil in the hand of a writing God who is sending a love letter to the world.

— Mother Teresa [via]

Unfortunately my lead keeps breaking on Him.

« πλ | Love, Spirituality »

Trust in the Lord…

· 10 July 2004

Trust in the Lord with all of your heart, and do not rely on your own insight, in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make straight your path.

— Proverbs 3:5-6

Sometimes “straight” doesn’t always mean the quickest way there. :)

« πλ | Proverb »

It’s a healthy thing now and then…

· 9 July 2004

In all affairs it’s a healthy thing now and then to hang a question mark on the things you have long taken for granted.

— Bertrand Russell [via]

« πλ | Ponder »

The full soul loathes…

· 7 July 2004

The full soul loathes the honeycomb, but to the hungry soul every bitter thing is sweet.

— Proverbs 27:7 [via]

« πλ | Proverb »

Understatement of the Last Century

· 6 July 2004

I think there is a world market for maybe five computers.

— Thomas Watson, chairman of IBM, 1943

« πλ | Observation »

Why do you hasten…

· 6 July 2004

Why do you hasten to remove anything which hurts your eye, while if something affects your soul, you postpone the cure until next year?

— Horace

« πλ | Ponder, Suffering »

I desire…

· 2 July 2004

I desire mercy, not sacrifice.

— Jesus (Matthew 9:13)

See also the words of an Old Testament prophet, “For it is love that I desire, not sacrifice, and knowledge of God rather than holocausts.” (Hosea 6:6)

« πλ | Scripture »

No such thing as…

· 1 July 2004

There is no such thing as a dead Christian.

— Author unknown [via]

« πλ | Religion »