Quotes — God (49 entries)

A 1000 different ways…

Take time today to pause every now and then, take a deep breath of that moment, and know that God loves you. He will whisper “I love you” in a 1000 different ways.

— Mark Woodward

« πλ | 2 Jan 2006 »

A drop of water…

Meister Eckhart used the analogy of a drop of water (the Universe) in the ocean (God). The drop “is” ocean, has the qualities of ocean, and ocean permeates it. But the ocean is not a drop, and can never “depend” upon a drop. God is in Creation because he is the very Ground of Being, and lovingly sustains it, not because he is it.

— Jon Zuck, “Biblical Panentheism”

« πλ | 23 Sep 2006 »

A person can be known only by…

God is a person [in Christ]. A person can be known only by personal understanding, not impersonal understanding. Personal understanding takes place through love, caring, willingness, intimacy, and relationship.

— Peter Kreeft, The God Who Loves You

« πλ | 21 Mar 2006 »

Begin to weave…

Begin to weave and God will give you the thread.

— German proverb

« πλ | 15 Nov 2005 »


Behold God beholding you…and smiling.

— Anthony de Mello [via]

Behold = ‘survey with still enjoyment’

« πλ | 22 Feb 2006 »

Believe in God but without passion…

Those who believe they believe in God but without passion in the heart, without anguish of mind, without uncertainty, without doubt, and even at times without despair, believe only in the idea of God and not in God himself.

— Madeleine l’Engle [via]

« πλ | 2 May 2006 »

For His own sake…

Only God is to be loved for His own sake. Everything else is to be loved for God’s sake.

— Peter Kreeft, The God Who Loves You

« πλ | 31 Mar 2006 »

God creates out of nothing…

God creates out of nothing. Wonderful you say. Yes, to be sure, but he does what is still more wonderful: he makes saints out of sinners.

— Søren Kierkegaard [via]

« πλ | 8 Oct 2006 »

God is an earthquake…

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

— Abraham Heschel

« πλ | 4 Apr 2006 »

God is not in strength…

God is not in strength but in truth.

— Mohandas Gandhi

« πλ | 1 Apr 2006 »

God is not proud…

God is not proud…He will have us even though we have shown that we prefer everything else to Him.

— C.S. Lewis [via]

« πλ | 30 Jul 2005 »

God is present to everything…

God is not pre or post anything. He is present to everything. … There is not predestination but destination, not predestiny but destiny. This follows from divine omniscience and eternity.

— Peter Kreeft, The God Who Loves You

« πλ | 19 Mar 2006 »

God is so big…

God is so big He can cover the whole world with His love, and so small He can curl up inside your heart.

— June Masters Bacher (thanks Libby)

« πλ | 7 May 2005 »

God is…

God is to creation as silence is to sound.

— Mark Woodward

« πλ | 16 Nov 2006 »

God never forces himself…

God never forces himself upon us or works in us beyond what we are willing to allow him to do. If we do not grow in love, it is not because his love for us is limited, but because we set limits to what his love can do in us.

— Thomas Green, When the Well Runs Dry

« πλ | 13 Jun 2005 »

God uses us…

The extraordinary thing is that God uses us, who are so insignificant and unworthy.

— Carlo Carretto, Letters from the Desert

« πλ | 30 Oct 2005 »

God’s Bride…

The Church is God’s Bride. All the saints and mystics say the ultimate purpose of human life, the highest end for which we were made, is the Spiritual Marriage. This is not socially relative; it is eternal. And in it, the soul is spiritually impregnated by God, not vice versa. That is the ultimate reason why God must always be he to us, never she. Religion is essentially heterosexual and therefore fruitful.

— Peter Kreeft, “Sexual Symbolism”

« πλ | 18 Sep 2006 »

God’s love is as objective as light…

God’s love is as objective as light. Because the sun in a sense is light, or the source of light rather than being lit, it really gives its light to the earth. And because the earth really receives light from the sun, it is really transformed every morning from darkness to light. Just as objectively, because God is love, God really gives love to us. And because we receive real life-changing love from God, we are really transformed from darkness to light.

— Peter Kreeft, The God Who Loves You

« πλ | 26 Feb 2006 »

Gradualism of seasons…

God seems more favorably inclined towards the gradualism of seasons than dramatic quick fixes.

— T.S. O’Rama [via]

« πλ | 4 May 2006 »

He was the pattern…

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 | 5 Sep 2005 »

Here is a letter God sends you…

Take the Gospel in hand. Here is a letter God sends you in friendship today. Let no person, no pretext, stop you from listening to this Word, from joining in this intimate conversation.

— Servias Pinckaers [via]

« πλ | 18 Feb 2006 »

His school of love…

You see, God just will not let us flunk out of His school of love. He insists on remedial lessons until we get it right. For this whole world is a school set up by Love Himself to teach us to love.

— Peter Kreeft, The God Who Loves You

« πλ | 13 Mar 2006 »

If God is…

If God is, why is there evil? But if God is not, why is there good?

— St. Augustine

« πλ | 10 Jan 2006 »

If family is the locus of trust…

If family is the locus of trust then it’s crucial to think of Christ as our brother and Mary our mother, for the alternative—to think of God as an employer or contractor—reduces trust to ashes.

— TSO [via]

« πλ | 8 Oct 2005 »

If we turn to the divine Conductor…

If we turn to the divine Conductor and follow the wise and loving baton that is His will, His Word, then the music of our life will be a symphony.

— Peter Kreeft, The God Who Loves You

« πλ | 25 Feb 2006 »

In my unloveliness…

In my unloveliness I plunged into the lovely things which you created. You were with me, but I was not with you. Created things kept me from you; yet if they had not been in you, they would have not been at all.

— St. Augustine [via]

« πλ | 30 Nov 2005 »

Indifference is the only road that…

Indifference is the only road that never gets to God.

— Peter Kreeft, Making Sense Out of Suffering

« πλ | 30 Jan 2006 »

It is by the path of love…

It is by the path of love, which is charity, that God draws near to humans, and humans to God. But where charity is not found, God cannot dwell. If then, we possess charity, we possess God, for “God is charity.”

— St. Albert the Great, on 1 John 4:8

« πλ | 24 May 2005 »

Light refracted through a prism…

Like white light refracted through a prism and split into many colors, God’s eternal love-nature, expressed through the prism of time, becomes God’s multicolored love story. History is His story.

— Peter Kreeft, The God Who Loves You

« πλ | 9 Mar 2006 »

Love is existential, experiential…

[Jesus] asks us to come, little by little, inviting us to come closer. It is fraught with failure and we experience it in our human relations. Love is existential, experiential, you can’t learn it from a definition from a book, even Scripture. It has to be made concrete, in the harshness of saying ‘yes’ amid the chaos, as Mary and John did at the foot of the Cross. A relationship with God is not behavioral, moral in the sense of “I’m a good person”. It is relational, an invitation and beckoning to come nearer.

— Msgr. Lane [via]

« πλ | 6 Dec 2005 »

Our destiny is to be…

Our destiny is to be so intimately united with God that, as the mystics say, we not only see God’s face but also see with God’s face.

— Peter Kreeft, The God Who Loves You

« πλ | 27 Feb 2006 »

Silence before God has…

Silence before God has little to do with achieving and a great deal to do with receiving.

— Author unknown

« πλ | 10 Nov 2006 »

Something other than a lover…

When we believe that God is something other than a lover, it is inevitable that we will sin.

— Peter Kreeft, The God Who Loves You

« πλ | 22 Mar 2006 »

Supposing He had found us…

An “impersonal God”—well and good. A subjective God of beauty, truth and goodness, inside our own heads—better still. A formless life-force surging through us, a vast power which we can tap—best of all. But God Himself, alive, pulling at the other end of the cord, perhaps approaching at an infinite speed, the hunter, king, husband—that is quite another matter. There comes a moment when the children who have been playing at burglars hush suddenly: was that a real footstep in the hall? There comes a moment when people who have been dabbling in religion (“Man’s search for God”!) suddenly draw back. Supposing we really found Him? We never meant it to come to that! Worse still, supposing He had found us?

— C.S. Lewis [via]

« πλ | 17 Sep 2006 »

The Word of God…

Christ is the Word of God in person. The Bible is the Word of God in writing. Both are the Word of God in the words of men. Both have a human nature and a divine nature.

— Peter Kreeft, The God Who Loves You

« πλ | 11 Mar 2006 »

The face of love refused…

God’s wraith is really only the face of love refused.

— Peter Kreeft, The God Who Loves You

« πλ | 23 Mar 2006 »

The hardness of the human heart…

If there had been any other way to break the hardness of the human heart other than the death of God Himself, God would have used it. …The hardness of the human heart sets diamond to shame.

Steven Riddle

« πλ | 31 May 2005 »

The steps a man takes…

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 | 27 Aug 2005 »

The wrath of God…

The love of God is no human projection, but the wrath of God is. In fact, what we call the wrath of God is really the love of God experienced by a fool.

— Peter Kreeft, Making Sense Out of Suffering

« πλ | 18 Jan 2006 »

To God each one of us is…

To God each one of us is His favorite. God’s love comes to all, but it comes to all as each, not to all as some anonymous aggregate.

— Peter Kreeft, The God Who Loves You

« πλ | 14 Mar 2006 »

To write straight with our crooked lines…

The goodness of this God of ours is perhaps most strikingly evident in his willingness to write straight with our crooked lines.

— Thomas H. Green, Weeds Among the Wheat

« πλ | 4 Oct 2005 »

True love loves you…

True love loves you right where you are, and also loves you enough not to leave you stuck there.

Alicia Huntley [via]

« πλ | 24 Oct 2005 »

We are the wire, God is the current…

God is the creator of the physical cosmos as well as of the human cosmos. He rules the stars as he rules the church. And if, in his love, he has wished to make men his collaborators in the work of salvation, the limit of their power is very small and clearly defined. It is the limit of the wire compared with the electric current.

We are the wire, God is the current. Our only power is to let the current pass through us. Of course, we have the power to interrupt it and say “no.” But nothing more. …the wire is one thing, the current is another. They are quite different, and there is certainly no reason for the wire to become self-satisfied, even one that transmits at high tension.

— Carlo Carretto, Letters from the Desert

« πλ | 28 Oct 2005 »

We look for visions of heaven…

We look for visions of heaven and we never dream that all the time God is in the commonplace things and people around us.

— Oswald Chambers [via]

« πλ | 20 Dec 2005 »

We only know through…

Not only do we only know God through Jesus Christ, but we only know ourselves through Jesus Christ; we only know life and death through Jesus Christ. Apart from Jesus Christ we cannot know the meaning of our life or our death, of God or of ourselves.

— Blaise Pascal

« πλ | 22 Jan 2006 »

When men search for God…

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 | 17 Aug 2005 »

When we look at our world…

When we look at our world, its pain and suffering, and then at ourselves and our inability to do anything about it, we can become overwhelmed by our own helplessness and powerlessness. A good question then to ask ourselves is, ‘Who do you think you are?’ Our feelings of helplessness arise because we assume that we are the ones who should be able to effect lasting change; and we are leaving God out. But our Christian faith is faith in a God who, in Jesus, has entered into human suffering, human sinfulness, human death, and is risen again. God’s love has triumphed over evil and can transform it into good. The only thing we can change is ourselves, and the only thing in ourselves that we can change is our way of perceiving reality.

— Gerard Hughes, What is your God like?

« πλ | 12 Nov 2006 »

Wraith is how His love appears…

God is love. Wraith is how His love appears to us when we sin or rebel or run away from Him. The very light that is meant to help us appears to us as our enemy when we seek the darkness.

— Peter Kreeft, The God Who Loves You

« πλ | 15 Mar 2006 »

You don’t have the power…

You don’t have the power to mess up God’s plans.

— an Al-Anon Courage to Change book [via]

Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

« πλ | 4 Nov 2005 »