Quotes for November 2004

So when you sense a change…

· 30 November 2004

So when you sense a change,
Nothing feels the same,
All your dreams are strange,
Love comes walkin’ in.

— Van Halen, “Love Walks In”

« πλ | Grace, Love »

A part of the whole…

· 29 November 2004

A human being is a part of the whole that we call the universe, a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feelings, as something separated from the rest—a kind of optical illusion of his consciousness. This illusion is a prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for only the few people nearest us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living beings and all of nature.

— Albert Einstein

« πλ | Spirituality »

No such thing as a small act of kindness…

· 28 November 2004

Remember there’s no such thing as a small act of kindness. Every act creates a ripple with no logical end.

— Scott Adams (thanks Libby)

« πλ | Love »

Fear imprisons, faith liberates…

· 27 November 2004

Fear imprisons, faith liberates; fear paralyzes, faith empowers; fear disheartens, faith encourages; fear sickens, faith heals; fear makes useless, faith makes serviceable.

— Harry Emerson Fosdick (thanks Libby)

« πλ | Faith, Fear »

Indifference to love or hate is…

· 26 November 2004

Indifference to love or hate is sitting on the fence between the two, refusing to engage either one of them. Indifference, if it had its own way, would prefer to step away from the whole struggle between love and hate, to walk away from the only real game in the world and wallow in its own mediocrity.

— Mark Woodward

« πλ | Love »

Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life…

· 25 November 2004

Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend. Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow.

— Melody Beattie

« πλ | Thanksgiving »

Love is like a fishhook…

· 24 November 2004

Now love is like a fishhook. A fisher cannot catch a fish unless the fish first picks up the hook. If the fish swallows the hook, no matter how it may squirm and turn, the fisher is certain of the fish. Love is the same way. Whoever is captured by love takes up this hook in such a fashion that foot and hand, mouth and eyes, heart and all that is in that person must always belong to God.

Therefore, look only for this fishhook, and you will be happily caught. The more you are caught, the more you will be liberated.

— Meister Eckhart [via]

« πλ | Love »

Love is the Law of Life

· 23 November 2004

All love is expansion, all selfishness is contraction. Love is therefore the only law of life. He who loves lives; he who is selfish is dying. Therefore, love for love’s sake, because it is the law of life, just as you breathe to live.

— Swami Vivekananda [via]

« πλ | Hell, Love »

He who refreshes others…

· 22 November 2004

A generous man will prosper; he who refreshes others will himself be refreshed.

— Proverbs 11:25

« πλ | Proverb »

Through your embrace…

· 21 November 2004

Through your embrace you speak a thousand words, without ever saying one.

— Author unknown (thanks Libby)

« πλ | Love »

A hug overcomes…

· 20 November 2004

A hug overcomes all boundaries. It speaks words within the mind that cannot be spoken.

— Author unknown (thanks Libby)

« πλ | Love »

Shortest distance between friends…

· 19 November 2004

A hug is the shortest distance between friends.

— Author unknown (thanks Libby)

« πλ | Friendship, Love »

Perhaps this is what it means…

· 18 November 2004

Learning to weep, learning to keep vigil, learning to wait for the dawn. Perhaps this is what it means to be human.

— Henri Nouwen

« πλ | Identity »

A smile is the light in your window…

· 17 November 2004

A smile is the light in your window that tells others that there is a caring, sharing person inside.

— Dennis Waitley (thanks Libby)

« πλ | Love »

God’s message…

· 16 November 2004

We don’t change God’s message; God’s message changes us.

— Seen on a church marque (thanks Libby)

« πλ | Grace »

Do not love the world…

· 15 November 2004

Do not love the world or anything in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. The world and its desires pass away, but the man who does the will of God lives forever.

— 1 John 2:15,17

« πλ | Scripture »

None of the damned was ever lost…

· 14 November 2004

None of the damned was ever lost because his sin was too great, but because his trust was too small!

— Blessed Fr. Francis Seelos

« πλ | Hell »

He who fails to pray…

· 13 November 2004

He who fails to pray does not cheat God. He cheats himself.

— George Failing (thanks Libby)

« πλ | Prayer »

Pray about…

· 12 November 2004

Pray about everything. Worry about nothing.

— Philippians 4:6

« πλ | Prayer, Scripture »

We are cowards in everything save in…

· 11 November 2004

How is it Lord that we are cowards in everything save in opposing You?

— St. Teresa of Avila

« πλ | Ponder »

The older I get and the more I learn…

· 10 November 2004

The older I get and the more I learn, the more shades of gray I discover and the less things appear black and white.

April Szuch

« πλ | Observation »

The church is not…

· 9 November 2004

The church is not a museum of saints, but a hospital for sinners.

— Author unknown

« πλ | Religion »

A bird doesn’t sing…

· 8 November 2004

A bird doesn’t sing because it has an answer, it sings because it has a song.

— Maya Angelou [via]

« πλ | Joy »

The best and most beautiful things…

· 7 November 2004

The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched—they must be felt with the heart.

— Helen Keller (thanks Libby)

« πλ | Grace »

A matter of questioning and struggle…

· 6 November 2004

We too often forget that faith is a matter of questioning and struggle before it becomes one of certitude and peace. You have to doubt and reject everything else in order to believe firmly in Christ, and after you have begun to believe, your faith itself must be tested and purified. Christianity is not merely a set of forgone conclusions. Faith tends to be defeated by the burning presence of God in mystery, and seeks refuge from him, flying to comfortable social forms and safe convictions in which purification is no longer an inner battle but a matter of outward gesture.

— Thomas Merton

« πλ | Faith »

You can choose to be happy or sad…

· 5 November 2004

You can choose to be happy or sad and whichever you choose that is what you get. No one is really responsible to make someone else happy, no matter what most people have been taught and accept as true.

— Sidney Madwed [via]

« πλ | Motivation »

Only he who gives thanks for the little things…

· 4 November 2004

Only he who gives thanks for the little things receives the big things.

— Dietrich Bonhoeffer [via]

« πλ | Thanksgiving »

The soul must long for God in order…

· 3 November 2004

The soul must long for God in order to be set aflame by God’s love; but if the soul cannot yet feel this longing, then it must long for the longing. To long for the longing is also from God.

— Meister Eckhart

« πλ | Longing »

All voting is…

· 2 November 2004

All voting is a sort of gaming, like checkers or backgammon, with a slight moral tinge to it, a playing with right and wrong.

— Henry David Thoreau [via]

« πλ | Politics »

While the people are virtuous…

· 1 November 2004

While the people are virtuous they cannot be subdued; but when once they lose their virtue, they will be ready to surrender their liberties to the first external or internal invader.

— Samuel Adams [via]

« πλ | Virtue »