Quotes for September 2005

Weeds of the world…

· 30 September 2005

The trouble with the weeds of the world is that often we don’t recognize them as weeds.

— Thomas H. Green, Weeds Among the Wheat

« πλ | Discernment »

Becoming free for God…

· 29 September 2005

The first step toward becoming free for God is the realization of how unfree we are.

— Thomas H. Green, Weeds Among the Wheat

« πλ | Detachment »

Peace is…

· 28 September 2005

Peace is the simplicity of heart, serenity of mind, tranquility of soul, the bond of love.

— St. Padre Pio

« πλ | Peace »

Everything will be alright…

· 27 September 2005

A definition of faith: everything will be alright by God’s standards, maybe not ours, but by His for sure.

— Mark Woodward

« πλ | Faith »

Truth doesn’t change…

· 26 September 2005

Truth doesn’t change because we want it to. …Truth, when we are fortunate enough to find it, is like bad-tasting medicine. It rarely comes as a pleasant surprise, because if it surprises us, it means we’ve been denying it for some time and have a lot of beliefs based on falsehood. It’s hard to give up those beliefs.

— Orson Scott Card, “Freakonomics” [via]

« πλ | Truth »

Your words…

· 25 September 2005

Think twice before you speak, because your words and influence will plant the seed of either success or failure in the mind of another.

— Napoleon Hill [via]

« πλ | Attitude, Education »

What the caterpillar calls…

· 24 September 2005

What the caterpillar calls the end of the world, the master calls a butterfly.

— Richard Bach [via]

« πλ | Death, Faith »

Surface personality…

· 23 September 2005

Realize that the surface personality has no interest in anything which might disturb its darling delusions.

— Vernon Howard [via]

« πλ | Identity »

Herding cats…

· 22 September 2005

Trying to coach kindergarteners in soccer is like trying to herd cats.

— Mark Woodward

« πλ | Observation »

A real friend is like…

· 21 September 2005

A real friend is like an angel who warms you by their presence and remembers you in their prayers.

— Author unknown (thanks Libby)

« πλ | Friendship »

The desire is your prayers…

· 20 September 2005

The desire is your prayers; and if your desire is without ceasing, your prayer will also be without ceasing. The continuance of your longing is the continuance of your prayer.

— St. Augustine

« πλ | Prayer »

God has editing rights…

· 19 September 2005

God has editing rights over our prayers. He will…edit them, correct them, bring them in line with His will and then hand them back to us to be resubmitted.

— Stephen Crotts

« πλ | Prayer »

What seem our worst prayers…

· 18 September 2005

What seem our worst prayers may really be, in God’s eyes, our best. Those, I mean, which are least supported by devotional feeling. For these may come from a deeper level than feeling. God sometimes seems to speak to us most intimately when he catches us, as it were, off our guard.

— C.S. Lewis

« πλ | Prayer »

In the darkest night…

· 17 September 2005

In the darkest night to be certain of the dawn…to go through Hell and to continue to trust in the goodness of God—this is the challenge and the way.

— Abraham Joshua Heschel, A Passion for Truth

« πλ | Faith, Hell, Hope »

Striving and struggle precede…

· 16 September 2005

Always remember that striving and struggle precede success, even in the dictionary.

— Sarah Ban Breathnach

« πλ | Hope, Suffering »

No hopeless situations…

· 15 September 2005

There are no hopeless situations, only people who think hopelessly.

— Windred Newman

« πλ | Attitude, Hope »

Each day offers us…

· 14 September 2005

Each day offers us the gift of being a special occasion if we can simply learn that as well as giving, it is blessed to receive with grace and a grateful heart.

— Sarah Ban Breathnach

« πλ | Grace, Hope, Thanksgiving »

Disappointment of a hope…

· 13 September 2005

The sudden disappointment of a hope leaves a scar which the ultimate fulfillment of that hope never entirely removes.

— Thomas Hardy

Yes, the scar remains, but the wound is indeed healed. And that scar becomes a part of your and His glory.

« πλ | Hope »

Expect to have hope…

· 12 September 2005

Expect to have hope rekindled. Expect your prayers to be answered in wonderous ways. The dry seasons in life do not last. The spring rains will come again.

— Sarah Ban Breathnach (thanks Becca)

« πλ | Hope, Prayer »

Live to a hundred…

· 11 September 2005

If you live to be a hundred, I want to live to be a hundred minus one day, so I never have to live without you.

— Winnie the Pooh [via]

« πλ | Friendship »

Moments of inspiration…

· 10 September 2005

Our moments of inspiration are not lost though we have no particular poem to show for them; for those experiences have left an indelible impression, and we are ever and anon reminded of them.

— Henry David Thoreau [via]

« πλ | Being »

The burden of afflictions…

· 9 September 2005

Without the burden of afflictions, it is impossible to reach the height of grace. The gift of grace increases as the struggles increase.

— St. Rose of Lima

« πλ | Grace »

If I could give one thing…

· 8 September 2005

My friend, if I could give one thing, I would wish for you the ability to see yourself as others see you. Then you would realize what a truly special person you are.

— Author unknown (thanks Libby)

« πλ | Friendship »


· 7 September 2005

Tolerance is the virtue of men with no convictions.

— G.K. Chesterton

« πλ | Virtue »

Contradiction in terms…

· 6 September 2005

Love contains a contradiction in terms.


Everything belongs…

« πλ | Love »

He was the pattern…

· 5 September 2005

There is a spider called Amaurobius, which lives in a burrow and has its young in the late summer, and then it dies when the frosts begin, and the young spiders live through the cold by eating their mother’s dead body. One can’t believe that’s an accident. I don’t know that I imagined God as having thought it all out, but somehow He was connected with the pattern, He was the pattern…

— Iris Murdoch, Bruno’s Dream [via]

« πλ | God »

Writing between the lines…

· 4 September 2005

Love appears in writing between the lines.


« πλ | Love »

Real worship…

· 3 September 2005

Real worship involves waiting.

— Iris Murdoch, Bruno’s Dream [via]

« πλ | Faith »

Liquid properties…

· 2 September 2005

Love has liquid properties.


« πλ | Love »

Death contradicts…

· 1 September 2005

Philosophers say we own our own deaths. I don’t think so. Death contradicts ownership and self.

— Iris Murdoch, Bruno’s Dream [via]

« πλ | Death »