Quotes — Mystery (11 entries)

A mystic is…

A mystic is someone who aches for, continually searches for, direct contact with God; contact not mediated through the emotions or intellect, but a full melding of spirit and will, believing that this is not only possible but is the entire point of life in this world.

Doug Ferguson

« πλ | 11 May 2005 »

At the threshold where my questions begin…

To me, science stands mute at the threshold where my questions begin. These inarticulate questions, and Nature, slip gracefully between the facts—like a wild animal, whose foreknowledge of your presence allows it to melt quietly away without being perceived.

— Robert Perkins

« πλ | 22 Mar 2005 »

Forget the mystery…

Hegel said, “Behind the facade of the familiar, strange things await us.” Familiarity enables us to tame, control and ultimately forget the mystery

— John O’Donohue

« πλ | 13 Sep 2006 »

Grace touches nature…

Sacraments, like the Incarnation itself, constitute physical points at which the eternal touches time, or the unseen touches the seen, or grace touches nature.

— Thomas Howard

« πλ | 26 Dec 2005 »

Joy is a mystery…

Joy is a mystery because it can happen anywhere, anytime, even under the most unpromising circumstances, even in the midst of suffering, with tears in its eyes.

— Frederich Buechner [via]

« πλ | 6 Jun 2005 »

Life is not a problem to be…

Life is not a problem to be solved, but a mystery to be lived.

— Joseph Campbell

« πλ | 17 Jun 2005 »

Shrouded in the silent mysteries…

There is much in Christianity which can be subjected to exact analysis. But the ultimate things are shrouded in the silent mysteries of God.

— Hans Urs von Balthasar [via]

« πλ | 24 Aug 2006 »

The Lord looks on his servants…

The Lord looks on his servants with pity and not with blame. In God’s sight we do not fall; in our sight, we do not stand. Both of these are true, but the deeper insight belongs to God.

— Julian of Norwich

We too often want to make it an either/or issue. It is difficult for us to see it as and/both.

« πλ | 18 Jun 2005 »

The greatest mystery is not…

The greatest mystery is not that we have been flung at random between the profusion of matter and of the stars, but that within this prison we can draw from ourselves images powerful enough to deny our nothingness.

— Andre Malraux [via]

« πλ | 19 Jul 2006 »

The most beautiful thing…

The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious. It is the source of all true art and science.

— Albert Einstein

« πλ | 9 Feb 2006 »

What did the tree learn…

What did the tree learn from the earth to be able to talk with the sky?

— Pablo Neruda [via]

« πλ | 23 May 2005 »