Quotes for April 2005

It is the journey that matters…

· 30 April 2005

It is good to have an end to journey toward;
but it is the journey that matters in the end.

— Ursula LeGuinn

« πλ | Spirituality »

The spiritual quest is…

· 29 April 2005

The spiritual quest is a journey without distance.
You travel from where you are right now
To where you have always been.
From ignorance to recognition…

— Anthony de Mello

To a recognition that God was with us, in us, the whole time?

« πλ | Identity, Spirituality »

A master in the art of living…

· 28 April 2005

A master in the art of living draws no sharp distinction between his work and his play; his labor and his leisure; his mind and his body; his education and his recreation. He hardly knows which is which. He simply pursues his vision of excellence through whatever he is doing, and leaves others to determine whether he is working or playing. To himself, he always appears to be doing both.

— Francoise Rene Auguste Chateaubriand [via]

« πλ | Attitude, Spirituality »

Love anything and your heart will…

· 27 April 2005

To love at all is to be vulnerable. Love anything and your heart will certainly be wrung, possibly be broken. If you want to make sure of keeping your heart, you must give your heart to no one, not even an animal. Wrap it up carefully round with hobbies and little luxuries, avoid all personal entanglements. Lock it up safe in the casket of your selfishness. But in that casket—safe, dark, motionless, airless—it will change. It will not be broken; it will become unbreakable, impenetrable, irredeemable.

— C.S. Lewis [via]

« πλ | Love »

Our greatest glory is not…

· 26 April 2005

Our greatest glory is not in never failing, but in rising up every time we fail.

— Ralph Waldo Emerson [via]

« πλ | Joy, Suffering »

Every human being is a mixture of…

· 25 April 2005

Every human being is a mixture of light and darkness, trust and fear, love and hate.

— Jean Vanier

And God still loves us wholely, completely, unconditionally.

« πλ | Identity »

To show them their beauty…

· 24 April 2005

To love someone is to show them their beauty, their worth, and their importance.

— Jean Vanier

« πλ | Love »

Life experiences show us…

· 23 April 2005

Life experiences show us that humans are untrustworthy, and perverting the principle found in the first Letter of John, we say to ourselves, “If I cannot trust what I can see, how can I trust what I cannot see?” The irony is that it is precisely what we cannot see that is most trustworthy. We can be certain that under ordinary circumstances hydrogen will form one bond in which it tends to “lose” an electron. We can pretty much rely upon the Kreb’s cycle. When we move from the unseen to the seen, we begin to doubt.

— Steven Riddle, in “Losing Trust”

« πλ | Faith »

Spiritual maturity is…

· 22 April 2005

Spiritual maturity is not knowing what to do with your whole life, but just knowing what to do next.

— Henri Nouwen [via]

« πλ | Spirituality »

The humble man receives praise the way…

· 21 April 2005

The humble man receives praise the way a clean window takes the light of the sun. The truer and more intense the light is, the less you see of the glass.

— Thomas Merton, New Seeds of Contemplation [via]

« πλ | Humility »

Freedom consists not in…

· 20 April 2005

Freedom consists not in doing what we like,
but in having the right to do what we ought.

— Pop John Paul II [via]

« πλ | Attitude, Politics »

If a unity of faith is not possible…

· 19 April 2005

Even if a unity of faith is not possible, a unity of love is.

— Hans Urs von Balthasar

« πλ | Faith, Love »

A smile…

· 18 April 2005

A smile is a beacon of your love and hope for others. Let it shine.

« πλ | Hope, Love »

The pursuit of material things is…

· 17 April 2005

The pursuit of material things is ultimately pointless if one loses the things that are truly valuable to the human spirit.

— from The Outer Limits, episode called “Alien Shop”

« πλ | Movie, Spirituality »

To love at all is to be vulnerable…

· 16 April 2005

To love at all is to be vulnerable. Love anything and your heart will certainly be wrung, possibly be broken. If you want to make sure of keeping your heart , you must give your heart to no one, not even an animal. Wrap it up carefully round with hobbies and little luxuries, avoid all personal entanglements. Lock it up safe in the casket of your selfishness. But in that casket—safe, dark, motionless, airless—it will change. It will not be broken; it will become unbreakable, impenetrable, irredeemable.

— C.S. Lewis [via]

« πλ | Hell, Love, Suffering »

The most wasted day of all…

· 15 April 2005

The most wasted day of all is that during which we have not laughed.

— e.e. cummings (thanks Emily)

« πλ | Attitude »

Nothing shows a man’s character more…

· 14 April 2005

Nothing shows a man’s character more than what he laughs at.

— Goethe [via]

« πλ | Character »

God is shining through it all…

· 13 April 2005

Life is this simple: We are living in a world that is absolutely transparent, and God is shining through it all the time. This is not just a fable or nice story. It is true. If we abandon ourselves to God and forget ourselves, we see it sometime, and we see it maybe frequently. God shows Himself everywhere, in everything—in people and in things and in nature and in events…we cannot be without Him. It’s impossible. The only thing is, we don’t see it.

— Thomas Merton [via]

« πλ | Faith, Grace »

Longing for God…

· 12 April 2005

The soul must long for God in order to be set aflame by Godís 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 »

God is only…

· 11 April 2005

God is only a prayer away.

— Author unknown

« πλ | Prayer »

Love takes off masks…

· 10 April 2005

Love takes off masks that we fear we cannot live without and know we cannot live within.

— James Baldwin (thanks Libby)

« πλ | Love »

It is not your job to seek for love…

· 9 April 2005

It is not your job to seek for love. It IS your job to seek within yourself all the barriers against its coming.

Marianne Williamson [via]

« πλ | Love »

Once people stop believing…

· 8 April 2005

Once people stop believing in God, the problem is not that they will believe in nothing; rather, the problem is that they will believe anything.

— C.S. Lewis [via]

« πλ | Faith »

Happiness comes from…

· 7 April 2005

Happiness comes from how much we enjoy, not how much we have.

— Author unknown

« πλ | Joy »

The gift Satan is the most jealous of…

· 6 April 2005

I believe that the Gift God gives us to partake in the creation of life along with Him as the Great Creator is the gift Satan is the most jealous of. If not the only thing he is jealous of. [Satan] has, afterall, used it as a tool against us. He has whispered into the ears of millions and perverted the concept of sex.

Alex

« πλ | Miracle, Sin »

Everything…

· 5 April 2005

Everything that has a beginning has an end.

— The Oracle, from Matrix Revolution

« πλ | Movie, Observation »

We are wondering how painful…

· 4 April 2005

We are not necessarily doubting that God will do the best for us; we are wondering how painful the best will turn out to be.

— C.S. Lewis [via]

« πλ | Suffering »

The human heart feels things…

· 3 April 2005

The human heart feels things the eyes cannot see, and knows what the mind cannot understand.

— Robert Vallett (thanks Libby)

« πλ | Compassion, Spirituality »

Each friend represents…

· 2 April 2005

Each friend represents a world in us, a world possibly not born until they arrive, and it is only by this meeting that a new world is born.

— Anais Nin (thanks Emily)

« πλ | Friendship »

Sliced bread…

· 1 April 2005

What was the best thing before sliced bread?

— George Carlin

« πλ | Ponder »