Quotes for February 2005

Prayer is not…

· 28 February 2005

Prayer is not so much a way to find God as a way of resting in him…who loves us, who is near to us…

— Thomas Merton

« πλ | Prayer »

Prayer unites…

· 27 February 2005

Prayer unites the soul to God.

— Julian of Norwich

« πλ | Prayer »

Never deprive anyone of hope…

· 26 February 2005

Never deprive anyone of hope…it might be all they have.

— Author unknown

« πλ | Hope »

It is not so much what happens…

· 25 February 2005

It is not so much what happens to us, as how we react to what happens.

— Author unknown

« πλ | Attitude, Grace »

Prayer is an act of love…

· 24 February 2005

Prayer is an act of love, to God, from God, through God. Prayer is an act of love with those for whom we pray.

« πλ | Love, Prayer »

When statesmen forsake…

· 23 February 2005

When statesmen forsake their own private conscience for the sake of their public duties, they lead their country by a short route to chaos.

— St. Thomas More, A Man for All Seasons

« πλ | Movie, Politics »

Do you not see…

· 22 February 2005

Do you not see that you and I are as the branches of one tree? With your rejoicing comes my laughter, with your sadness start my tears. Love—could love be otherwise with you and me?

— Tsu Yeh

« πλ | Love »

Looking for God…

· 21 February 2005

Looking for God—or Heaven—by exploring space is like reading or seeing all Shakespeare’s plays in the hope that you will find Shakespeare as one of the characters…

— C.S. Lewis

« πλ | Faith »

Tribulations cannot cease…

· 20 February 2005

Tribulations cannot cease until God either sees us remade or sees that our remaking is now hopeless.

— C.S. Lewis, The Problem of Pain

« πλ | Suffering »

Pain removes the veil…

· 19 February 2005

[Pain] removes the veil; it plants the flag of truth within the fortress of a rebel soul.

— C.S. Lewis, The Problem of Pain

« πλ | Suffering »

Unsolved in your heart…

· 18 February 2005

Be patient toward all that is unsolved in your heart and try to love the questions themselves like locked rooms and like books that are written in a very foreign tongue. Do not now seek the answers, which cannot be given you because you would not be able to live them. And the point is, to live everything. Live your questions now, and perhaps even without knowing it, you will live along some distant day into your answers.

— Ranier Maria Rilke

« πλ | Patience, Spirituality »

Sometimes it takes darkness…

· 17 February 2005

Sometimes it takes darkness and the sweet confinement of your aloneness to learn anything or anyone that does not bring you alive is too small for you.

— David Whyte [via]

« πλ | Suffering »

Fallen man is not…

· 16 February 2005

Fallen man is not simply an imperfect creature who needs improvement: he is a rebel who must lay down his arms. Laying down your arms, surrendering, saying you are sorry, realizing that you have been on the wrong track and getting ready to start life over again from the ground floor—that is the only way out of a “hole.” This process of surrender—this movement full speed astern—is repentance.

— C.S. Lewis

« πλ | Sin »

We may think God wants…

· 15 February 2005

We may think God wants actions of a certain kind, but God wants people of a certain sort.

— C.S. Lewis [via]

God wants our hearts…

« πλ | Religion »

Life without love…

· 14 February 2005

Life without love is a shadow of things that might be.

— Author unknown

« πλ | Love »

Poverty comes not from God’s laws…

· 13 February 2005

Men pray to the Almighty to relieve poverty. But poverty comes not from God’s laws—it is blasphemy of the worst kind to say that. Poverty comes from man’s injustice to his fellow man.

— Leo Tolstoy

« πλ | Suffering »

Say a hearty “yes” to…

· 12 February 2005

The Big Question is whether you are going to be able to say a hearty “yes” to your adventure.

— Joseph Campbell

« πλ | Spirituality »

Miracles do not happen…

· 11 February 2005

Miracles do not happen in contradiction to nature, but only in contradiction to that which is known to us of nature.

— St. Augustine

« πλ | Miracle »

Compassion is not sentiment…

· 10 February 2005

Compassion is not sentiment but is making justice and doing works of mercy. Compassion is not a moral commandment but a flow and overflow of the fullest human and divine energies.

— Matthew Fox

« πλ | Compassion »

He who is fretted with his own failings…

· 9 February 2005

Be patient with everyone, but above all with yourself. I mean do not be disheartened by your imperfections, but always rise up with fresh courage. How are we to be patient in dealing with our neighbors faults if we are impatient in dealing with our own? He who is fretted with his own failings will not correct them. All profitable correction comes from a calm, peaceful mind.

— St. Francis de Sales

« πλ | Patience »

Life unworthy of living…

· 8 February 2005

There is no such thing as life unworthy of living.

— Cardinal von Galen

« πλ | Hope »

Compassion is…

· 7 February 2005

Compassion is the keen awareness of the interdependence of all things.

— Thomas Merton

« πλ | Compassion »

Three things we crave most in life…

· 6 February 2005

There is a wonderful mythical law of nature that the three things we crave most in life—happiness, freedom, and peace of mind—are always attained by giving them to someone else.

— Peyton Conway March [via]

« πλ | Spirituality »

There are two kinds of people…

· 5 February 2005

There are two kinds of people: those who say to God, “Thy will be done,” and those to whom God says, “All right, then, have it your way.”

— C.S. Lewis

« πλ | Observation »

High spots in all of our lives…

· 4 February 2005

There are high spots in all of our lives, and most of them come about through encouragement from someone else.

— George Adams (thanks Kelly)

« πλ | Friendship »

The soul which has come into…

· 3 February 2005

The soul which has come into intimate contact with God in the silence of the prayer chamber is never out of conscious touch with the Father; the heart is always going out to Him in loving communion, and the moment the mind is released from the task upon which it is engaged, it returns as naturally to God as the bird does to its nest. What a beautiful conception of prayer we get if we regard it in this light.

— E.M. Bounds

« πλ | Prayer »

Guide our feet…

· 2 February 2005

“…because of the tender mercy of our God by which the daybreak from on high will visit us to shine on those who sit in darkness and death’s shadow, to guide our feet into the path of peace.”

— Luke 1:78-79

« πλ | Scripture »


· 1 February 2005

I shall pass through this world but once.
Any good therefore, that I can do,
or any kindness that I can show
to any human being,
let me do it now.
Let me not defer or neglect it,
for I shall not pass this way again.

— Author unknown

« πλ | Prayer »