Quotes for August 2005

Visible ink…

· 31 August 2005

Love is written in visible ink.


« πλ | Love »

Love whispers…

· 30 August 2005

Love whispers often wordlessly.


« πλ | Love »

Having an open mind…

· 29 August 2005

The point of having an open mind, like having an open mouth, is to close it on something solid.

— G.K. Chesterton

« πλ | Attitude »

Love cannot bloom…

· 28 August 2005

Love cannot bloom in “yesterday”.


« πλ | Love »

The steps a man takes…

· 27 August 2005

The steps a man takes from the day of his birth until that of his death trace in time an inconcievable figure. The Divine Mind intuitively grasps that form immediately, as men do a triangle.

— Jorge Luis Borges [via]

« πλ | God »

The best thing about cell phones…

· 26 August 2005

The best thing about cell phones is you don’t have to wait until you get home to know no one called.

— Ray Sweatman [via]

« πλ | Observation »

Words stand between…

· 25 August 2005

Words stand between silence and silence: between the silence of things and the silence of our own being, between the silence of the world and the silence of God. When we have really met and known the world in silence, words do not separate us from the world nor from other men, nor from God, nor from ourselves because we no longer trust entirely in language to contain reality.

— Thomas Merton [via]

« πλ | Prayer »

The process of conversion…

· 24 August 2005

Once the process [of conversion] is begun and continues…you are continually turning inward toward God and away from your own egocentricity…you have to see this selfish side of yourself in order to turn away from it. I measure God by everything I am not. I begin with that.

— Flannery O’Connor (via this essay)

Is your religion transformative?

« πλ | Faith »

Mountains can’t be conquered…

· 23 August 2005

You never conquer a mountain. Mountains can’t be conquered; you conquer yourself—your hopes, your fears.

— Jim Whitaker

« πλ | Identity, Spirituality »

We are not judged by…

· 22 August 2005

We are not judged by what we are basically. We are judged by how hard we use what we have been given. Success means nothing to the Lord.

— Flannery O’Connor [via]

« πλ | Being »

You never conquer a mountain…

· 21 August 2005

You never conquer a mountain. You just stand on the top a few moments. Then the wind blows your footprints away.

— Arlene Blum, Annapurna [via]

« πλ | Spirituality »

If we’re honest…

· 20 August 2005

If we’re honest, we don’t want freedom. We prefer the hollow sustinence of our fears.

— wesd [via]

« πλ | Fear »

In what is…

· 19 August 2005

In what is necessary, unity;
in what is not necessary, liberty
and in all things charity.

— St. Augustine [via]

« πλ | Attitude »

Prayer is…

· 18 August 2005

Prayer is the laying aside of thoughts.

— Evagrios Ponticus, “On Prayer” in the Philokalia

« πλ | Prayer »

When men search for God…

· 17 August 2005

When men search for God with their bodily eyes they find Him nowhere, for He is invisible. But for those who ponder in the Spirit He is present everywhere. He is in all, yet beyond all.

— St. Symeon

« πλ | God »

Everytime you smile…

· 16 August 2005

Your big heart circles the world everytime you smile.

— Dan Zanes

« πλ | Joy »

Outside the box…

· 15 August 2005

Those who think outside the box often find that they have only exchanged one box for another. But sometimes that is what is needed.

— Author unknown

« πλ | Observation »

God did not call me to be…

· 14 August 2005

God did not call me to be successful. God called me to be faithful.

— Mother Teresa

« πλ | Faith »

Putting experience before faith…

· 13 August 2005

There is a failure that comes of putting experience before faith. Sometimes we are too wise to succeed—world-wise.

— Percy C. Ainsworth

« πλ | Faith »

May God break my heart…

· 12 August 2005

May God break my heart so completely that the whole world falls in.

— Mother Teresa

« πλ | Love »

He who does not advance…

· 11 August 2005

Ahead! Courage! In the spiritual life he who does not advance goes backward. It happens as with a boat which always must go ahead. If it stands still the wind will blow it back.

— St. Padre Pio

« πλ | Prayer, Spirituality »

Walk in the way of…

· 10 August 2005

Walk in the way of the Lord with simplicity and do not torment your spirit. You must hate your defects, but with a quiet hate, not troublesome and restless.

— St. Padre Pio

« πλ | Spirituality »

Born only of your own pain…

· 9 August 2005

There are insights that can be born only of your own pain, and they are the most precious. Seek [within] the undiscovered part of yourself. (emphasis added)

— Janusz Korczak

« πλ | Identity, Suffering »

If everything seems under control…

· 8 August 2005

If everything seems under control, you’re just not going fast enough.

— Mario Andretti

« πλ | Observation »

Attitudes are…

· 7 August 2005

Attitudes are contagious…is yours worth catching?

— Author unknown

« πλ | Attitude »

Out of your comfort zone…

· 6 August 2005

If your prayer is not leading you out of your comfort zone, then maybe… The Voice of Truth always says, “Be not afraid.” What is stopping you?

« πλ | Prayer »

To feel the sun from both sides…

· 5 August 2005

To love and be loved is to feel the sun from both sides.

— David Viscott (thanks Libby)

« πλ | Love »

One burst of laughter…

· 4 August 2005

One burst of laughter dissipates a thousand doubts.

— Tran Thai Tong [via]

« πλ | Grace »

To change others…

· 3 August 2005

Consider how hard it is to change yourself and you’ll understand what little chance you have in trying to change others.

— Jacob M. Braude [via]

« πλ | Character, Identity »

A big electric blanket…

· 2 August 2005

What people don’t realize is how much religion costs. They think faith is a big electric blanket, when of course it is the Cross.

— Flannery O’Connor

« πλ | Religion »

Life is…

· 1 August 2005

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— Author unknown

« πλ | Observation »