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The soul, among all creatures, is generative, like God is.
We must embrace pain and burn it as fuel for our journey.
Let us love one another since love comes from God And everyone who loves is begotten by God and knows God. . . . God is love!
I am the judge of dreams.... I find you guilty of dreaming good dreams, and sentence you to a lifetime of working and suffering for the sake of your dreams.
No one digs a gold mine under a paved street. You need a rocky hill to find gold.
You people don't celebrate your faith, you mourn it!
I was his delight day by day,
playing before him all the while,
playing on the surface of his earth,
and I found delight in the sons of men.
No one could ever have found God—He gave Himself away!
Evidently, [God] has not thought the past sufficient, for He has given us the present.
One day, a philosopher asked, "What is the purpose of creation?" "Lovemaking," said the Master. Later, to his disciples, he said, "Before creation, love was. After creation, love was made. When love is consummated, creation will cease to be, and love will be forever."
Let us love one another, since love comes from God, and everyone who loves is begotten by God and knows God. Anyone who fails to love can never have known God, because God is Love.
We've all heard that the unexamined life is not worth living, but consider too that the unlived life is not worth examining.
Whatever you think you can do or believe you can do, begin it. Action has magic, power, and grace in it.
They will beat their swords into plowshares
and their spears into pruning hooks.
Nation shall not lift up sword against nation,
Neither shall they train for war any more.
If you think you understand, it isn't God.
...perfection cannot be perfect without the potential for perfecting!...our purpose is not to achieve some transcendental level but to deal with the imperfect world as a partner in creation ...
Everyone who is seriously involved in the pursuit of science becomes convinced that a spirit is manifest in the laws of the universe.
When a man takes a step towards God, God takes more steps toward that man than there are sands in the worlds of time.
It is a serious thing to live in a society of possible gods and goddesses, to remember that the dullest and most uninteresting person you talk to may one day be a creature which, if you saw it now, you would be strongly tempted to worship, or else, a horror and a corruption such as you now meet, if at all, only in a nightmare. All day long we are, in some degree, helping each other to one or the other of these destinations.
Every blade of grass has an angel bending over it, saying, "Grow! Grow!"
Let us applaud and give thanks that we have become not only Christians but Christ himself. Do you understand, my brothers, the grace that God our head has given us? Be filled with wonder and joy—we have become veritable Christs!
Work is love made visible.
Most men would rather die than think, and most men do.
Realists are people who deserve reality.
If you were now restored by grace to the integrity man possessed before sin, you would be complete master of these impulses. None would ever go astray, but flee to the one sole good, the goal of all desire, God himself.
With a mighty roar, The encompassing love of the Lord
Gives birth to the great Universe.
His holy works thus come into being.
Change is a constant.
You have learnt how it was said: Eye for eye and tooth for tooth. But I say this to you: offer the wicked man no resistance. On the contrary, if anyone hits you on the right cheek, offer him the other as well.
When we try to overcome evil with evil, we are not working for peace. If you say, "Saddam Hussein is evil. We have to prevent him from continuing to be evil," and if you then use the same means he has been using, you are exactly like him. Trying to overcome evil with evil is not the way to make peace.
Life is what happens to you when you're busy making other plans.
If thou art absolutely obedient to God, there is no ambiguity in thee and . . .thou art mere simplicity before God. . . . One thing there is which all Satan's cunning and all the snares of temptation cannot take by surprise, and that is simplicity.
It is more necessary to love much than to think much. Always do that which impels you most to love.
Prepare ye the way of the Lord.
Batter my heart, three-personed God . . .
Take me to you, imprison me, for I,
Except you enthrall me, never shall be free,
Nor ever chaste, except you ravish me.
An atheist is someone without any invisible means of support.
The fairest thing we can experience is the mysterious. It is the fundamental emotion that lies at the cradle of true art and true science. He who knows it not, who can no longer feel amazement, is as good as dead, a snuffed-out candle.
We can do no great things. We can only do small things with great love.
Resentment is letting someone live in your mind rent-free.
The flame of love
grows as it is divided
it increases by being shared
from one, then two, then three
and darkness is transformed into glory
and the walls reflect its light
Share your flame!
Share your flame!
Those who dance are thought mad by those who don't hear the music.
Time and Space are fragments of the Infinite for the use of finite creatures.
While God waits for His Temple to be built of love,
Men bring stones.
I have been mistaken. It was necessary, I suppose, to liberate the multitude of oppressed people; but our method has provoked other oppressions, frightful massacres. You know that my most awful nightmare is to feel myself drowning in the blood of countless victims. To save our Russia, what we needed (but it is too late now) was ten Francises of Assisi. Ten Francises of Assisi, and we should have saved Russia.
What is not eternal is eternally out-of-date.
You can be damned alone, but you can only be saved with others.
Too many of us in this culture are enslaved by things. The only way for a Christian to live in an unfree world is to become so absolutely free that their very existence is an act of rebellion. There is nothing more maddening than a free person.
Every sinner has a future; Every saint had a past.
Christianity has not been tried and found wanting. It has been found difficult and left untried.
God is dead.
Nietsche is dead!
Nationalism is an infantile disease. It is the measles of mankind.
There is no denying that the artist is someone who is full of questions, who cries them out in great angst, who discovers rainbow answers in the darkness, and then rushes to canvas or paper. An artist is someone who cannot rest, who can never rest as long as there is one suffering creature in this world. Along with Plato's divine madness, there is also divine discontent, a longing to find the melody in the discords of chaos, the rhyme in the cacophony, the surprised smile in time of stress or strain.
The only lasting freedom from self-consciousness comes from a profound awareness that God loves me as I am and not as I should be, that He loves me beyond worthiness and unworthiness, beyond fidelity and infidelity; that He loves me in the morning sun and the evening rain without caution, regret, boundary, limit or breaking point; that no matter what I do, He can't stop loving me.
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