An Irish blessing

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May the road rise up to meet you,
May the wind be always at your back,
May the sun shine warm upon your face,
And the rain fall soft upon your fields,
And until we meet again, May God hold you
In the palm of his hand.

–Irish Blessing

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It’s worth fighting for

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Frodo: I can’t do this, Sam.

Sam: I know. It’s all wrong. By rights we shouldn’t even be here. But we are. It’s like in the great stories, Mr. Frodo. The ones that really mattered. Full of darkness and danger, they were. And sometimes you didn’t want to know the end. Because how could the end be happy? How could the world go back to the way it was when so much bad had happened? But in the end, it’s only a passing thing, this shadow. Even darkness must pass. A new day will come. And when the sun shines it will shine out the clearer. Those were the stories that stayed with you. That meant something, even if you were too small to understand why. But I think, Mr. Frodo, I do understand. I know now. Folk in those stories had lots of chances of turning back, only they didn’t. They kept going. Because they were holding on to something.

Frodo: What are we holding onto, Sam?

Sam: That there’s some good in this world, Mr. Frodo… and it’s worth fighting for.

― J.R.R. Tolkien
The Two Towers

A journey of unknowables

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If knowing answers to life’s questions is absolutely necessary to you, then forget the journey. You will never make it, for this is a journey of unknowables—of unanswered questions, enigmas, incomprehensibles, and most of all, things unfair.

–Madame Jeanne Guyon (1648-1717)

God is there

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We must never get into the habit
of being preoccupied with the future.
There is no reason to do so.
God is there.

–Mother Teresa of Calcutta

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Keeps coming back

There’s nothing more beautiful
than how the ocean
can’t stop kissing the shore,
no matter how many times
it is sent away.

–Rhianna Moss

Saying grace for everything

“You say grace before meals. All right. But I say grace before the concert and the opera, and grace before the play and pantomime, and grace before I open a book, and grace before sketching, painting, swimming, fencing, boxing, walking, playing, dancing and grace before I dip the pen in the ink.”

–G. K. Chesterton
(1874 – 1936)

Perichoresis

Earth’s crammed with heaven,
And every common bush
afire with God;
And only he who sees
takes off his shoes;
The rest sit round it
and pluck blackberries.

–Elizabeth Barrett Browning

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He knows your name

In the great religions of the East, the believers, with their individuality, resemble the rivers which flow into the ocean, and are dissolved in it. Through the All-in-One or in the notheringness of Nirvana the individual finds his fulfillment in his own dissolution. But where Christ holds sway, we do not flow into a nameless ocean; we do not dissolve into a nothingness which comprises everything. No: where the God who himself seeks man has the last word, I am rather called by my own name.

–Tibor Fabiny

The most beautiful people

The most beautiful people we have known are those who have known defeat, known suffering, known struggle, known loss, and have found their way out of the depths. These persons have an appreciation, a sensitivity, and an understanding of life that fills them with compassion, gentleness, and a deep loving concern. Beautiful people do not just happen.

–Elizabeth Kubler-Ross

Being a man

That’s what being a man
is all about, boy.
It’s just doing
what’s got to be done.

–Robert Newton Peck

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Overcoming challenges

Challenges are what
make life interesting;
overcoming them is what
makes life meaningful.

–Joshua J. Marine

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The value of ordinary things

Do not forget that the value and interest of life is not so much to do conspicuous things . . . as to do ordinary things with the perception of their enormous value.

–Teilhard de Chardin

Follow Me

Every time the disciples started establishing rules–no children near Jesus; don’t let the crowd touch Jesus; don’t talk to Samaritan women; don’t let people waste expensive perfumes—Jesus told them to knock it off, and his rebuke was usually followed by a lecture that said, “You still don’t get it! We’re not substituting religious rules with our rules. We are substituting religious rules with Me!” Jesus kept saying “Follow Me,” not “follow My rules.” So most of us have spent our Christian lives learning what we can’t do instead of celebrating what we can do in Jesus.

–Mike Yaconelli 

Everyone is a genius

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People who rekindle

In everyone’s life, at some time,
our inner fire goes out.
It is then burst into flame
by an encounter with
another human being.
We should all be thankful
for those people who
rekindle the inner spirit.

–Albert Schweitzer

Crammed with heaven

Earth’s crammed with heaven,
And every common bush
afire with God;
And only he who sees
takes off his shoes;
The rest sit round it
and pluck blackberries.

–Elizabeth Barrett Browning

Morning will come

All that is gold does not glitter, 

Not all those who wander are lost; 

The old that is strong does not wither, 

Deep roots are not reached by the frost. 

From the ashes a fire shall be woken, 

A light from the shadows shall spring; 

Renewed shall be blade that was broken, 

The crownless again shall be king.

  –J.R.R. Tolkien

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A great artist

No great artist
ever sees things
as they are.
If he did,
he would cease
to be an artist.

 –Oscar Wilde

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Opportunities for kindness

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Seeing with new eyes

There was a blind girl who hated herself because she was blind. She hated everyone, except her loving boyfriend. He was always there for her. She told her boyfriend, “If I could only see the world, I will marry you.”

One day, someone donated a pair of eyes to her. When the bandages came off, she was able to see everything, including her boyfriend.

He asked her, “Now that you can see the world, will you marry me?” The girl looked at her boyfriend and saw that he was blind. The sight of his closed eyelids shocked her. She hadn’t expected that. The thought of looking at them for the rest of her life led her to refuse to marry him.

Her boyfriend left in tears. Days later he wrote a note to her saying: “Take good care of your eyes, my dear, for before they were yours, they were mine.”

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Ingratitude

Basically and radically
all sin is simply
ingratitude.

–Karl Barth (1886 – 1968)

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Gratitude unlocks life

Gratitude unlocks to fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos into order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend. Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow.

–Melody Beattie

The critical thing

When it comes to life
the critical thing is whether
you take things for granted
or take them with gratitude.

  –G. K. Chesterton

The dead church

A new pastor in Topeka, Kansas, USA, spent the first four days making personal visits to each of his prospective congregation inviting them to come to his inaugural services.

The following Sunday the church was all but empty. Accordingly, the pastor placed a notice in the local newspapers, stating that, because the church was dead, it was everyone’s duty to give it a decent Christian burial. The funeral would be held the following Sunday afternoon.

Morbidly curious, a large crowd turned out for the “funeral”.

In front of the pulpit they saw a closed coffin which was covered in flowers. After the pastor had delivered the eulogy, he opened the coffin and invited his congregation to come forward and pay their final respects to their dead church.

Filled with curiosity as to what would represent the corpse of a “dead church”, all the people eagerly lined up to look in the coffin. Each “mourner” peeped into the coffin then quickly turned away with a guilty, sheepish look.

In the coffin, tilted at the correct angle, was a large mirror.

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Overflow



No life of faith
can be lived privately.
There must be overflow
into the lives of others.

–Eugene Peterson

On the road to disgrace

The gods had given me almost everything. But I let myself be lured into long spells of senseless and sensual ease… Tired of being on the heights, I deliberately went to the depths in search for new sensation. What the paradox was to me in the sphere of thought, perversity became to me in the sphere of passion. I grew careless of the lives of others. I took pleasure where it pleased me, and passed on. I forgot that every little action of the common day makes or unmakes character, and that therefore what one has done in the secret chamber, one has some day to cry aloud from the house-top. I ceased to be lord over myself. I was no longer the captain of my soul, and did not know it. I allowed pleasure to dominate me. I ended in horrible disgrace.

–Oscar Wilde (1854 – 1900)

Stumbling over truth

Men occasionally stumble over the truth,
but most of them pick themselves up
and hurry off as if nothing
had happened.

— Sir Winston Churchill

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Practice resurrection

Every day do something that won’t compute. Love the Lord. Love the world. Work for nothing. Love someone who doesn’t deserve it. Plant sequoias. Be joyful even though you’ve considered the facts. Practice resurrection.

–Wendell Berry

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Something to share

Every one of us is something the other is not, and therefore knows something — it may be without knowing that he knows it — which no one else knows. It is everyone’s business as one of the kingdom of light and inheritor in it all, to give his portion to the rest.

–George MacDonald

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The world’s treasure

The World is poor
because her fortune is buried in the sky
and all her treasure maps
are of the earth.

–Calvin Miller

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