Quotes for August 2004

One moment of time…

· 31 August 2004

Man can neither make, nor retain, one moment of time; it all comes to him by pure gift.

— C.S. Lewis, The Screwtape Letters

« πλ | Grace »

All that is necessary…

· 30 August 2004

All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing.

— Edmund Burke

« πλ | Hell »

When Sunday loses its meaning…

· 29 August 2004

When Sunday loses its fundamental meaning and becomes subordinate to a secular concept of weekend dominated by such things as entertainment and sport, people stay locked within a horizon so narrow that they can no longer see the heavens.

— Pope John Paul II [via]

« πλ | Spirituality »

Faith is daring of the soul to…

· 28 August 2004

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

— William Newton Clarke

« πλ | Faith »

Of Being and Doing…

· 27 August 2004

Being is more important than doing, the heart is more important than the mind, and doing things together is more important than doing things alone.

— Henri Nouwen

Kind in mind that what you do affects who you are, and who you are affects what you do.

« πλ | Spirituality »

All must be tasted…

· 26 August 2004

Sour, sweet, bitter, pungent, all must be tasted.

— Chinese proverb [via]

« πλ | Proverb »

No one now dies of fatal truths…

· 25 August 2004

No one now dies of fatal truths: there are too many antidotes to them.

— Nietzsche [via]

« πλ | Observation »

Opportunity is missed…

· 24 August 2004

Opportunity is missed by most people, because it’s dressed in overalls and looks like work.

— Thomas A. Edison

« πλ | Motivation »

Breath of God…

· 23 August 2004

All life is a breath exhaled by God.
All dying is a breath inhaled by God.

— Hermann Hesse [via]

« πλ | Suffering »

Your personality is a pet…

· 23 August 2004

One suggestion is to regard your personality as a pet. It follows you around anyway, so give it a name and make friends with it. Keep it on a leash when you need to, and let it run free when you feel that is appropriate. Train it as well as you can, and then accept its idiosyncrasies, but always remember that your pet is not you. Your pet has its own life, and just happens to be in an intimate relationship with you, whoever you may be, hiding there behind your personality.

— Wes Nisker [via]

« πλ | Observation »

To love means to open ourselves to…

· 22 August 2004

To love means to open ourselves to the negative as well as the positive—to grief, sorrow, and disappointment as well as to joy, fulfillment, and an intensity of consciousness we did not know was possible before.

— Rollo May

« πλ | Joy, Love, Suffering »

Very few people realize…

· 21 August 2004

There are very few people who realize what God would make of them if they abandoned themselves into His hands, and let themselves be formed by His grace.

— St. Ignatius of Loyola

« πλ | Faith, Grace »

Three Words

· 20 August 2004

People ask me what advice I have for a married couple struggling in their relationship. I always answer: pray and forgive. And to young people from violent homes, I say: pray and forgive. And again, even to the single mother with no family support: pray and forgive.

— Mother Teresa

« πλ | Prayer »

Love completely…

· 19 August 2004

At sunrise everything is luminous, but not clear. It is often the same with those we live with and love and should know: they elude us. Yet you can love completely without complete understanding.

— Norman Maclean, A River Runs Through It

« πλ | Love »

Never hold your farts in…

· 18 August 2004

Never hold your farts in.
They travel up your spine, into your brain,
and that is where crappy ideas come from!

— Author unknown [via]

« πλ | Observation »

Self-deception is…

· 17 August 2004

Self-deception is the greatest enemy of holiness.

— Author unknown [via]

« πλ | Spirituality »

30 years from now…

· 16 August 2004

Thirty years from now, it won’t matter what shoes you wore, how your hair looked, or the jeans you bought. What will matter is what you learned and how you used it.

— Author unknown

« πλ | Education »

Impossible for the man of…

· 15 August 2004

It is impossible for the man of prayer not to radiate hope.

— Subtitle for The Banica Mission

« πλ | Prayer »

Eros will have…

· 14 August 2004

Eros will have naked bodies; Friendship naked personalities.

— C.S. Lewis [via]

« πλ | Friendship, Observation »

The only good is knowledge…

· 13 August 2004

The only good is knowledge, and the only evil is ignorance.

— Socrates

« πλ | Education »

We are what we repeatedly do…

· 12 August 2004

We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.

— Aristotle [via]

Repeating the words, with heart, will turn into music.

« πλ | Character »

Loneliness or Solitude, Pain or Glory

· 11 August 2004

Language…has created the word “loneliness” to express the pain of being alone. And it has created the word “solitude” to express the glory of being alone.

— Paul Tillich, The Eternal Now

« πλ | Joy, Suffering »

You should never doubt…

· 10 August 2004

You should never doubt what you’re not sure about.

— Willy Wonka

« πλ | Movie, Observation »

When I was 14…

· 9 August 2004

When I was 14, I was older than most other kids my age.

Stephen Urich

« πλ | Observation »

Game of musical chairs…

· 8 August 2004

I feel like there was this giant game of musical chairs, the music stopped, and everyone sat down except for me.

Joshua Claybourn

« πλ | Suffering »

The inner bath of love…

· 7 August 2004

Prayer is the inner bath of love into which the soul plunges itself.

— St. John Vianney

« πλ | Prayer »

None of these things…

· 6 August 2004

Whether you are blamed, or mocked at, or regarded as a hypocrite, or treated as a prude, none of these things should be capable of robbing yourself of your peace of soul.

— St. John Vianney (thanks TSO)

« πλ | Joy, Suffering »

If you judge people…

· 5 August 2004

If you judge people, you have no time to love them.

— Mother Teresa [via]

« πλ | Love »

The danger is not…

· 4 August 2004

The danger is not that the soul should doubt whether there is any bread [God], but that, by a lie, it should persuade itself that it is not hungry.

— Simone Wey

I agree with John Kirvan, who wrote, “How do I know there is a God? Because I am hungry!”

« πλ | Faith »

The weak can never forgive…

· 3 August 2004

The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong.

— Mohandas Gandhi [via]

« πλ | Character, Forgiveness »

The metaphor is…

· 2 August 2004

The metaphor is perhaps one of man’s most fruitful potentialities. Its efficacy verges on magic, and it seems a tool for creation which God forgot inside one of His creatures when He made him. All our faculties keep us within the realm of the real, of what is already there. The most we can do is to combine things or break them up. The metaphor alone furnishes an escape; between the real things, it lets emerge imaginary reefs, a crop of floating islands.

— José Ortega y Gasset, The Dehumanization of Art [via]

« πλ | Observation »

The spiritual life is…

· 1 August 2004

The spiritual life is a reaching out to our innermost self, to our fellow human and to our God.

— Henri Nouwen

« πλ | Spirituality »