“Do not place your happiness in what you can hear or feel of God in prayer but rather in what you can neither feel nor understand. God is always hidden and difficult to find. Go on serving God in this way, as though God were concealed in a sacred place, even when you think you have found God, felt God or heard God. The less you understand, the closer you get to God.
“Prayer will teach you, too, that God is nearer to you than you are to yourself. After passing the fiery crucible and stepping through the narrow doorway where you can bring nothing with you, enter the cave of your heart that contains God, whom the universe cannot hold.” ~~Pierre-Marie Delfieux
My Lord God, I have no idea where I am going. I do not see the road ahead of me. I cannot know for certain where it will end. Nor do I really know myself, and the fact that I think I am following your will does not mean that I am actually doing so. But I believe that the desire to please you does indeed please you. And I hope I have that desire in all that I am doing. I hope that I will never do anything apart from that desire. And I know that if I do this, you will lead me by the right road though I may know nothing about it. Therefore I will trust you always, though I may seem to be lost and in the shadow of death. I will not fear, for you are ever with me, and you will never leave me to face my perils alone. – Thomas Merton, from Thoughts In Solitude.
“Someday, after mastering the winds, the waves, the tides and gravity, we shall harness for God the energies of love, and then, for a second time in the history of the world, man will have discovered fire.” Pierre Teilhard de Chardin
The trouble with fighting for human freedom is that one spends most of one’s time defending scoundrels. For it is against scoundrels that oppressive laws are first aimed, and oppression must be stopped at the beginning if it is to be stopped at all.” H.L. Mencken
“God does not die on the day when we cease to believe in a personal deity, but we die on the day when our lives cease to be illumined by the steady radiance, renewed daily, of a wonder, the source of which is beyond all reason. He who has surrendered himself to it knows that the Way ends on the Cross–even when it is leading through the jubilation of Gennesaret or the triumphal entry into Jerusalem.” Dag Hammarskjoold
Open wide the eyes of my soul that I may see good in all things; Grant me this day some new vision of they truth; Unknown.
There is an original inside me. What’s here is a mirror for that, for you. Rumi
““If there is a sin against life, it consists perhaps not so much in despairing of life as in hoping for another life and in eluding the implacable grandeur of this life.”” – Albert Camus
“Go forth in peace, for you have followed the good road. Go forth without fear, for He that created you has sanctified you, has always protected you, and loves you as a mother. Blessed be thou, O God, for having created me.” – Final prayer of St. Claire.
If you looked for things to make you feel hurt and wretched and unnecessary, you were certain to find them, more easily each time, so easily soon, that you did not even realize you had gone out searching. Women alone often developed into experts at the practice. (The Lovely Leave, by Dorothy Parker)
Eternity is very long, especially toward the end. (Woody Allen)
And when did he know just what he’d done? We’ve wondered that, Swede and I. When did it come to Davy Land that exile is a country of shifting borders, hard to quit yet hard to endure, no matter your wide shoulders, no matter your toughened heart? (Peace Like a River, by Leif Enger)
“Puritanism – the haunting fear that someone, somewhere, may be happy.” (Henry Mencken)
“The meaning of the [spiritual] text, is often as moral as its reader. If the reader is intolerant, hateful, or oppressive, so will be the interpretation of the text.” (Scholar of Islamic Law, Professor Khalid Abou El Fadl from The Place of Tolerance in Islam: On Reading the Qur’an–and Misreading It, Boston Review (Feb. 25, 20o2)
The officials who ruled it, and got all the graft, had to be elected first; and so there were two rival sets of grafters, known as political parties, and the one who got the office which bought the most votes. (The Jungle, Upton Sinclair pg. 84)