Quotes for April 2006

If it finds you worthy…

· 30 April 2006

And think not, you can direct the course of love; for love, if it finds you worthy, directs your course.

— Khalil Gibran

« πλ | Love »

Where there is…

· 29 April 2006

Where there is charity and wisdom, there is neither fear nor ignaorance. Where there is patience and humility, there is neither anger nor vexation. Where there is poverty and joy, there is neither greed nor avarice. Where there is peace and meditation, there is neither anxiety nor doubt.

— St. Francis of Assisi

« πλ | Virtue »

Jesus does not give recipes…

· 28 April 2006

Jesus does not give recipes that show the way to God as other teachers of religion do. He is himself the way.

— Karl Barth

« πλ | Christ »

The description of God’s love…

· 27 April 2006

My hope is that the description of God’s love in my life will give you the freedom and the courage to discover…God’s love in yours.

— Henri Nouwen

« πλ | Motivation »

If I love until it hurts…

· 26 April 2006

I have found the paradox that if I love until it hurts, then there is no hurt, but only more love.

— Mother Teresa

« πλ | Love »

More tears shed over…

· 25 April 2006

There are more tears shed over answered prayers than over unanswered prayers.

— St. Teresa of Avila

« πλ | Prayer »

What can get through…

· 24 April 2006

I saw all the snares that the enemy spreads over the whole world and I said, groaning, “What can get through such snares?” Then I heard a voice saying to me, “Humility.”

— St. Anthony the Great

« πλ | Humility »

A thought is a screen…

· 23 April 2006

A thought is a screen, not a mirror; that is why you live in a thought envelope, untouched by Reality.

— Anthony de Mello

« πλ | Existence »

The earth delights to feel…

· 22 April 2006

Forget not that the earth delights to feel your bare feet and the winds long to play with your hair.

— Khalil Gibran

« πλ | Being »

The principal part of faith…

· 21 April 2006

The principal part of faith is patience.

— George MacDonald

« πλ | Faith »

God demonstrates…

· 20 April 2006

The crucifixion is the tremendous mystery in which God demonstrates the effect of sin and also reveals the extent of God’s love.

— John J. English

« πλ | The Cross »

No cross, no crown…

· 19 April 2006

No pain, no palm; no thorns, no throne; no gall, no glory; no cross, no crown.

— William Penn

« πλ | Christ »

The light of Easter…

· 18 April 2006

The light of Easter reveals the great teaching contained in the Passion: life is affirmed through the sincere gift of self to the point of suffering death for others, for the other.

— Pope John Paul II

« πλ | Giving »

Christ is risen!

· 17 April 2006

The last word of God on the human condition is not death, but life, not despair, but hope. To this hope the Church invites the men and women of today as well. She repeats to them the incredible but true proclamation: Christ is risen! Let the whole world rise with Him. Alleluia!

— Pope John Paul II

« πλ | Christ »

Christ has, is, will…

· 16 April 2006

Christ has died, Christ is risen, Christ will come again.

— from the Roman Missal

A “mystery of faith” proclaimed in the Eucharist celebration at Mass.

« πλ | Christ »

God’s sword stuck into…

· 15 April 2006

The Cross is the crux of everything. It reconciles Heaven and earth, God and man. But it also divides mankind. For it is there at the Cross that we see Love’s enemies, Love’s crucifiers, as well as Love’s friends. At the Cross we see the ultimate warfare. The Cross is God’s sword stuck into the earth held by the hilt from Heaven.

— Peter Kreeft, The God Who Loves You

« πλ | The Cross »

In this deed is my hope…

· 14 April 2006

In this deed is my hope, not in the mere timeless fact that God is love. I am saved not by the beautiful Trinitarian life of God but by the gory death of God. I am saved not by the touching of the three Persons in Heaven but by the touching of this love on the Cross to my life.

— Peter Kreeft, The God Who Loves You

« πλ | Hope »

Christ held Himself in His hands…

· 13 April 2006

Christ held Himself in His hands when He gave His Body to His disciples saying, “This is My Body.” No one partakes of this Flesh before he has adored it.

— St. Augustine

« πλ | The Cross »

The desire to come into your heart…

· 12 April 2006

Do you realize that Jesus is there in the tabernacle expressly for you—for you alone? He burns with the desire to come into your heart…don’t listen to the demon, laugh at him, and go without fear to receive the Jesus of peace and love…

— St. Thérèse of Lisieux

« πλ | Christ »

A time is coming…

· 11 April 2006

A time is coming when men will go mad, and when they see someone who is not mad, they will attack him, saying, “You are mad; you are not like us.”

— St. Anthony the Great

« πλ | Religion »

Spoken for us…

· 10 April 2006

Christ has not only spoken to us by his life but has also spoken for us by his death.

— Søren Kierkegaard

« πλ | Christ »

Someone who lets God in…

· 9 April 2006

A saint is simply someone who lets God in. And when God is in, He acts.

— Peter Kreeft, The God Who Loves You

« πλ | Saint »

Sin always substitutes…

· 8 April 2006

We are insane. That is what sin is. Sanctity is identitical with sanity. It means living the truth, living in reality. Sin always substitutes unreality for reality.

— Peter Kreeft, The God Who Loves You

« πλ | Sin »

The more we realize we are loved…

· 7 April 2006

The more we realize we are loved, the more ashamed we are not to love back. The more we sin as a violation of love, not just of law, the more powerful a motive we will have to overcome it. For sin is attractive to us (otherwise we would never be attracted to it) and can be cast out only by something more attractive.

— Peter Kreeft, The God Who Loves You

« πλ | Love, Sin »

Sin comes from…

· 6 April 2006

Sin comes from not realizing God’s love. Sin comes from thinking ourselves only as sinners, while overcoming sin comes from thinking ourselves as overcomers. We act our our perceived identities.

— Peter Kreeft, The God Who Loves You

« πλ | Identity, Sin »

The secret of joy…

· 5 April 2006

The secret of joy is hidden in the word itself: first J, then O, then Y: Jesus first, Others next, Yourself last.

— Peter Kreeft, The God Who Loves You

« πλ | Joy »

God is an earthquake…

· 4 April 2006

God is not nice. God is not an uncle. God is an earthquake.

— Abraham Heschel

« πλ | God »

The meaning and value of suffering…

· 3 April 2006

Christ transforms the meaning and value of suffering from something to be feared or at best endured into something redemptive [and transformative].

— Peter Kreeft, The God Who Loves You

« πλ | Suffering »

We are not at peace…

· 2 April 2006

We are not at peace with others because we are not at peace with ourselves, and we are not at peace with ourselves because we are not at peace with God.

— Thomas Merton

« πλ | Peace »

God is not in strength…

· 1 April 2006

God is not in strength but in truth.

— Mohandas Gandhi

« πλ | God, Truth »