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Wednesday, September 19, 2007

 

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The paradox of old age

Someday, you will be old enough to start reading fairy tales again. - C. S. Lewis

Love and suffering, suffering and love

My life consists in loving and, if with loving I'm familiar, this is because I've sorrowed much; for there's no finer lover than one who's suffered much.

Poverty of spirit, defined

Poverty of the spirit does not consist in not having things but rather being truly detached from what we have.

The less we have, the more we give. Seems absurd, but it's the language of love. - Mother Teresa

Renunciation, temptations, struggles, persecutions, and all kinds of sacrifices are what surround the soul that has opted for holiness.

God, who created you without you, will not save you without you. -St. Augustine

Don't forget that people are not born holy. Holiness is forged through an interplay of God's grace in the correspondence of man. -Escriva

Hope is the thing with feathers that perches on the soul, and sings the tune without words, and never stops at all. -Emily Dickinson

Only in quiet waters do things mirror themselves undistorted. Only with a quiet mind will we be able to hear God's whisper in our hearts.

Life is not a rehearsal. Each day is a new show. No repeat, no rewind. So give your best shot in all your worthy acts, as the show goes on and on.

All that passes away and is not pleasing to God is worth nothing, and less than nothing. St. Teresa of Avila

If God wills that we be struck down by some affliction, take it as sign that he considers us mature enough to be associated more closely with His redeeming cross. - Escriva

Our goal is to please god in everything we do. It makes no difference whether anyone applauds our actions or not. We are called to be faithful, not famous (or successful?). - Mother Teresa?

Keep your eyes on God and you'll soon lose sight of your fears.

Let God have your life; He can do more with it than you can. -L. Moody

Humility contains all things because in this virtue is truth; therefore, God must also dwell therein, since He is the truth. - St. Augustine

We are all pencils in the hand of God. - Mother Teresa


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