- No one ever knows what divine narrative God may be writing with the crooked lines of someone's struggles, misdeeds, and omissions. We are all in the drama, but no one has seen the script.John O'DonohueBe a good steward of your gifts. Protect your time. Feed your inner life. Avoid too much noise. Read good books, have good sentences in your ears. Be by yourself as often as you can. Walk. Take the phone off the hook. Work regular hours.Jane KenyonRegarding the parable of the unmerciful servant: Mr. X is reacting according to the law of retaliation, the principle of: You hit me, so I hit you; you owe me, so I collect. This is human and legal. But Mr. X has forgotten (you have forgotten!) that he has just been accepted by God contrary to all expectation, and that now he must live in response to the mercy he has received and stop responding to the injustice that men [sic] do to him. We are always responding to something; the question is what are we responding to?Helmut Thielicke in "Christ and the Meaning of Life"Until you are convinced that prayer is the best use of your time, you will not find time for prayer.Fr. Hilary OttensmeyerI would be most content if my children grew up to be the kind of people who think decorating consists mostly of building enough bookshelves.Anna QuindlenWhile the Bible never takes seriously the existence of other gods than Yahweh as real gods, it always assumes their reality as objects of worship.Leon MorrisNormal is getting dressed in clothes that you buy for work and driving through traffic in a car that you are still paying for--in order to get to the job you need to pay for the clothes and the car, and the house you leave vacant all day so you can afford to live in it.Ellen DeGeneresGrief is always proportional to the unworked out residue of a broken relationship.UnknownAll 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.J.R.R. TolkienAll false religion proceeds in a certain sense from one illusion. When people say piously, “Thy kingdom come” out of one side of their mouth, they need also to say, “My kingdom go!” out of the other side. The kingdom of God supersedes and far surpasses all kingdoms of self and society or personal reward.Fr. Richard RohrWhen a child of God makes a request, God always gives that person what he or she would have asked for if they knew everything God knows.Tim KellerIf they won't sing it, they don't believe it!Martin LutherTo discover who I really am, my true self or nature, I have to give up my own plans for myself and listen deeply for the desires that God planted in my heart. I must discover who I am beneath the accolades and achievements.Christine Valters PaintnerMore people are flattered into virtue than bullied out of vice.Robert Smith SurteesThe glory of God is a human being fully alive.St. Irenaeus of Lyon (who died in AD 202)Imaginary evil is romantic and varied; real evil is gloomy, monotonous, barren, boring. Imaginary good is boring; real good is always new, marvelous, intoxicating.Simone WeilAnd the days that I keep my gratitude higher than my expectations, well, I have really good days."Ray Wylie Hubbard in "Mother Blues"At bottom, cynicism is a cheap & shoddy response to a life we are afraid to love because it might, for a time, be painful.Julie CameronGuard against the arrogance of privilege, against the indulgence of feeling that I don't have enough, and the poverty of spirit that refuses to acknowledge what is daily given me. Keep me truthful in knowing where I spend, where my values actually are...Instruct me in judicious spending and in gratitude with no holds barred.Gunilla NorrisThe moment we think we have arrived somewhere in this lifetime is the moment we have fallen deep into the wilderness of self-delusion.Chrisine Valters PaintnerWhen good things become god things, they become bad things.Mark DriscollOn the sabbath we stop trying to change the world, and we enjoy the world as it is.Lynne M. BaabOf the seven deadly sins, anger is possibly the most fun. To lick your wounds, to smack your lips over grievances long past, to roll over your tongue the prospect of bitter confrontations still to come, to savor to the last toothsome morsel both the pain you are given and the pain you are giving back—in many ways it is a feast fit for a king. The chief drawback is that what you are wolfing down is yourself. The skeleton at the feast is you.Frederick BuechnerThe evening of a well-spent life brings its lamps with it.JoubertDon't ask the mountain To move, just take a pebble Each time you visit.John Paul LederachIf you don't want to burn out, stop living like you are on fire.UnknownThere are two extremes to avoid: being completely absorbed in your pain and being distracted by so many things that you stay far from the wound you want to heal.Henri NouwenA Virgin's Womb and an Empty Tomb: “Despite our efforts to keep him out, God intrudes. The life of Jesus is bracketed by two impossibilities: a virgin’s womb and an empty tomb. Jesus entered our world through a door marked, ‘No Entrance’ and left through a door marked, ‘No Exit.’'Peter LarsonThe real truth, I have come to think, is that there is no such thing as having only one life to live. The fact is that every life is simply a series of lives, each one of them with its own task, its own flavor, its own brand of errors, its own type of sins, its own glories, its own kind of deep, dank despair, its own plethora of possibilities, all designed to lead us to the same end--happiness and a sense of fulfillment.Joan ChittisterDisturb us, Lord, when we are too well pleased with ourselves, When our dreams have come true Because we have dreamed too little, When we arrived safely Because we sailed too close to the shore.Sir Francis DrakeWhen you explore thresholds, it’s about resting into mystery. Learn to live in the liminal space where the old is released but the new hasn’t come into being.Christine Valters PaintnerBe who God meant you to be and you will set the world on fire.St. Catherine of SienaTo bless another person involves more than communicating some vague expression of goodwill, though we often do that when someone sneezes. The act of blessing actually transfers a portion of our soul's energy and vitality into the soul of another.Peter W. MartyThe God of Christianity never claims to be fair. He goes beyond fair. The Bible teaches that he decided not to give us what we deserve- that's mercy. In addition, God decided to give us exactly what we didn't deserve- we call that grace.Andy StanleyThe point of traveling is not to ARRIVE but to RETURN HOME laden with pollen you shall work up into honey the mind feeds on.R. S. ThomasWe are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act but a habit.AristotleOnly those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go.T. S. Eliot"When you meet a difficult person, God is challenging you to bring a higher measure of good into their life than the difficulty they are bringing into yours. They are not there so that you can practice being an idiot. They are there for you to practice being Christ-like. They are there for you to practice the goodness of God in their life."Graham CookeIf only she could have survived herself long enough to become herself.Elizabeth Gilbert reflecting on the movie about Amy WinehouseRemember that it was God who decided on a 24-hour day, and he must have felt it was enough. We can never do all that we expect ourselves to do, and we can rarely do all that others expect us to do, but we can always do all that God expects us to do.Scott SernauTradition is handing on the flame, not praying over the ashes.Karl RichterIs your religion helping you to transform your pain? We all carry our past hurts in a big black bag and it gets heavier as we get older—betrayals, rejections, disappointments, and wounds that appear along the way. If we do not find some way to help us transform our pain, I can tell you with 100% certitude, we will transmit it to others around us. We either transform it or transmit it.Richard RohrPaul says "Jesus became sin" (see 2 Corinthians 5:21). Jesus became the problem; he became the broken, imperfect one. He entered into solidarity with the sin of the world rather than stand above or apart from it. Jesus absorbed evil. He didn't think for a moment he could kill it. He let it wreak its havoc on his body to transform it there, rather than perpetuate violence on others.Fr. Richard RohrWe do not think ourselves into new ways of living. We live ourselves into new ways of thinking.Fr. Richard RohrIf you're lucky enough to do well, it's your responsibility to send the elevator back down.Kevin SpaceyEmerging Christianity is going to have to emphasize orthopraxy (walking the talk) much more than mere orthodoxy (talking the walk). It is the walking that changes you and reveals your own deeper self to yourself (in ways that are not always flattering). Spiritual practices must invade, touch, and heal the unconscious, where 95% of our real motivation lies. Faith-filled actions, contemplative prayer, solitude, silence, and many life events have the power to expose and change our unconscious agendas and motivations. Most “belief systems” are just laid on top of our egoic world view, and unfortunately do little damage to it. We can say all the right words, practice all the right rituals, and our heart can remain cold and unconnected.Richard RohrThe Holy Spirit calls us toward an all-inclusive attitude, a theology of the wind, a relationship to God and the world that does not try to make things easy by ruling out whole areas of human experience and whole groups of human beings. When one goes out to fish, one does not dictate to God what may or may not be attracted to the bait.Virginia Ramey MollenkottWhen you have disciplined people, you don't need hierarchy. When you have disciplined thought, you don't need bureaucracy. When you have disciplined action, you don't need excessive controls.James C. CollinsDon't worry about being effective. Just concentrate on being faithful to the truth.Dorothy DayAs smoking is to the lungs, so is resentment to the soul; even one puff is bad for you.Elizabeth GilbertNever make someone a priority when all you are to them is an option.Maya AngelouEveryone is entitled to his own opinion, but not to his own facts.Daniel Patrick MoynihanYou can trust what is down beneath the endless mental chatter, beneath the feelings of fear and anxiety – these are all part of our human journey and need to be dealt with gently, with endless compassion. But beneath these is the calm, consoling, renewing, and abiding presence of the soul, some call it the witness – that wise part of ourselves that can be with whatever life brings and not identify with the dramas of life, sees them as just one small part of the story. We only meet this part of ourselves through practice, by showing up again and again.Christine Valters PaintnerYou get to mercy by way of imagination, sympathy, tenderness of heart - which are not weaknesses.Wendell BerryMay the devastating beauty of God's grace lay waste to the lies we tell ourselves and those we wish others to believe.From "Unvirtuous Abbey"We are here to notice each thing so each thing gets noticed and creation need not play to an empty house.Annie DillardIn daily life, we obviously are not concerned in the least about what is within. All we care about is getting the outside clean. Each day we walk forth with clean clothes, clean hair, clean teeth but with a mind stuffed with worthless anxieties, dull resentments, stale outlooks, toxic prejudices, and an endless array of shabby self-images. We haven't even bothered to sweep out the mental junk we picked up yesterday, not to speak of the debris we have been hauling around for a lifetime.Hugh PratherBut a mind so overwhelmed with information that nothing is known by heart can leave the soul at the mercy of the last mental image that took our fancy. Memorization allows us to choose words and images that shape our minds and hearts.Adle Ahlberg CalhounMen with courage do not slay dragons, they ride them. [Note: This works for women as well.]UnknownMaybe learning to separate the freedom to hope from the compulsion to know is part of growing up.Shirley NelsonIf we try to change our ego with the help of our ego, we only have a better-disguised ego.Fr. Richard RohrDon't put the key to your happiness in someone else's pocket.UnknownWhat we do in life echoes in eternity.Maximus (in 'Gladiator')A great many people think they are thinking when they are merely rearranging their prejudices.William JamesHow you do anything is finally how you do everything.Fr. Richard RohrIf you're not at the table, you'll end up on the menu.Margaret GordonWhereas discipline without discipleship leads to rigid formalism, discipleship without discipline ends in sentimental romanticism.Henri NouwenWorry is not believing God will get it right, and bitterness is believing God got it wrong.Tim KellerCircumstances may appear to wreck our lives and God's plans, but God is not helpless among the ruins.Eric LiddellWhere one has all the right answers, all the easy answers, all the quick fixes, there is no room for mystery. There is no room for paradox. And if there is no room for mystery there is no room for God, because God is the ultimate mystery.M. Robert Mulholland Jr.Life is like a coin; you can spend it any way you wish, but you only spend it once.Lillian DicksonI will keep the ground that God has given me and perhaps in his grace, he will ignite me again. But ignite me or not, in his grace, in his power, I will hold the ground.John KnoxWe are not masters of our fate, but neither are we victims of it. We are, indeed, co-creators and cooperators with God and His grace.Stanley S. HarakasIn our culture, we are conditioned to expect growth to involve acquisition of new facts and understandings. To put it neurologically, the functional systems of our brains are used to elaborating upon themselves as growth happens. We have, in a way, become attached to the very process of expanding our attachments. But spiritual growth is different. It cannot be packaged, programmed or taught…. The essential process is one of transformation, not education. It is, if anything, an unlearning process in which our old ways are cleansed, liberated and redeemed…. Obviously, we cannot ‘conduct’ spiritual growth. At bottom it is God’s work. It is grace.Dr. Gerald G. MayYour enemy always carries the dark side of your own self, the things you don't like about yourself. You will never face your own dark side until you embrace those who threaten you (as Francis embraced the leper in his own conversion experience). The people who turn you off usually do so because they carry your own faults in a different form.Fr. Richard RohrPeople may spend their whole lives climbing the ladder of success only to find, once they reach the top, that the ladder is leaning against the wrong wall.Thomas MertonWhen there is no time to do it, that's when you most need to unclutter the calendar and go apart to pray. When the gridlock of your schedule relentlessly forbids it is the time you most need retreat. That is when your heart beats against the prison walls of your enslavement and says, 'Yes, Lord, I want to spend time with you.'Emilie GriffinStop asking yourself what you want, what you desire, what interests you. Ask yourself instead: What has been given to me? Ask: What do I have to give back? Then give it.Cheryl StrayedTalking about our problems is our greatest addiction. Break the habit. Talk about your joys.Rita SchianoStop wearing your wishbone where your backbone ought to be.Elizabeth GilbertPoverty is always experienced in the soul before it is felt in the pocket book.Sarah Ban BreathnachNever confuse a well-oiled machine with the joyous wedding banquet that Jesus uses as his most common metaphor for eternity. Sadly some people prefer machines to parties.Richard RohrGreatness emerges when, above all else, people are confident. When we believe—together—that life is good, God is good and humanity is good, we become very safe and salutary people for others. What we seem to suffer from today is a lack of confidence, which would become a calm self confidence. St. Therese of Lisieux wisely said that her entire spirituality was about “confidence and gratitude”! We can all do exciting and imaginative things when we are confident that we are a part of a story line that is going somewhere and is connected to something good. Without this, it is very hard to be either confident or grateful.Richard RohrJust once I wanted a task that required all the joy I had.Annie DillardIt is taken to be a truism of architecture that first we shape our buildings, and then they shape us. If our theology tells us that the liturgy is the work of the people, if we believe that musicians are members of the worshiping body, then we teach that by acting it out. We become that image by living it. A worship space that by its design says "we are the gathered people" supports and encourages the people to actively celebrate in the liturgy.William Bradley RobertsWhen we deny our stories, they define us. When we own our stories, we get to write a brave new ending.Brené BrownEvil is the defective use of good.Flannery O'ConnorWe must be willing to let go of the life we have planned, so as to have the life that is waiting for us.E. M. ForsterA hurtful act is the transference to others of the degradation which we bear in ourselves.Simone WeilMay all that is unforgiven in you be released. May your fears yield their deepest tranquilities. May all that is unlived in you blossom into a future graced with love.John O'DonohueEnvy is the great leveler: if it cannot level things up, it will level them down.Dorothy SayersFollow your curiosity. Passion is rare; passion is a one-night-stand. Passion is hot, it burns. Every day, you can't access that.Elizabeth GilbertEveryone wants to be transformed, but nobody wants to change.Frederica Matthews-GreenAsked for his name, God gave Moses a verb.Marilyn Chandler McEntryreYour present circumstances don't determine where you can go; they merely determine where you start.Nido QubeinIf we try to change our ego with the help of our ego, we only have a better-disguised ego.Fr. Richard RohrLet your religion be less of a theory and more of a love affair.GK ChestertonThere are victories far worse than defeats; and to overcome an angel too gentle to put out all his strength, and ride away in triumph on the back of a devil, is one of the poorest.George MacDonaldIt is better to be unavailable than inattentive.Adele Ahlberg Calhoun7 Blunders of the World that Lead to Violence: 1. Wealth without Work 2. Pleasure without Conscience 3. Knowledge without Character 4. Commerce without Morality 5. Science without Humanity 6. Worship without Sacrifice 7. Politics without PrincipleMahatma GhandiCreativity is essential to the world, to imagine new possibilities. Yet, so many of us lead lives that are so full, there is barely room for God’s newness to erupt in us, or for us to even recognize those stirrings when they happen. The monastic path offers us guidance in this direction.Christine Valters PaintnerThe deepest revelation of our character is what we choose to dwell on in thought, what constantly occupies our mind.Dallas WillardWe are commanded to love our neighbor; this must mean that we can.Abraham Joshua Heschel“My fear is that much of what we call ‘spirituality’ today is overly sanitized and sterile, far removed from the anguish of pain, the anchoredness of place. Without the tough-minded discipline of desert-mountain experience, spirituality loses its bite, its capacity to speak prophetically to its culture, its demand for justice. Avoiding pain and confrontation, it makes no demands, assumes no risks. . . It resists every form of desert perversity, dissolving at last into a spirituality that protects its readers from the vulnerability it was meant to provoke. The desert, in the end, will have none of it. . . One of the scourges of our age is that all our deities are house-broken and eminently companionable. Far from demanding anything, they ask only how they can more meaningfully enhance the lives of those they serve.Belden Lane in “Solace of Fierce Landscapes”You cannot get through a single day without having an impact on the world around you. What you do makes a difference, and you have to decide what kind of difference you want to make.Jane GoodallFor me, almost the best litmus test of whether a person has healthy or unhealthy religion is, “What do they do with their pain?”Richard RohrA Christian is one who is on the way, though not necessarily very far along it, and who has at least some dim and half-baked idea of whom to thank.from "Beyond Words" by Frederick BuechnerWhat word of hope do we have to offer to the millions of people in the world who see no meaning in their lives? For most people in the world the question is not, 'Is there a life on the other side of death?' It is, rather, 'Is there life on this side of death?' Until we Christians give evidence that there is life on this side of death, the world has no reason to believe our dogmas or our giant churches. It doesn’t need our words of hell. It needs some evidence of heaven.Richard RohrSymptoms of soul neglect include self-absorption, shame, apathy, toxic anger, physical fatigue, isolation, stronger temptation to sin, drivenness, feelings of desperation, panic, insecurity, callousness, a judgmental attitude, cynicism and lack of desire for God.Mindy CaliguireAnother word to describe mystical moments is emancipation. If it isn’t an experience of newfound freedom, I don’t think it is an authentic God experience. God is always bigger than we imagined, expected, or even hoped. When you see people going to church and becoming smaller instead of larger, you have every reason to question whether the practices, sermons, sacraments, or liturgies are opening them to an authentic God experience.Fr. Richard RohrThe Sacraments: I once spoke to my friend, an old squirrel, about the Sacraments-- he got so excited and ran into a hollow in his tree and came back holding some acorns, an owl feather, and a ribbon he had found. And I just smiled and said, "Yes, dear, you understand: everything imparts His grace."Daniel LadinskySome things have to be believed to be seen.Madeleine L'EngleMen never do evil so completely and cheerfully as when they do it from religious conviction.Blaise PascalJoseph Brodsky, a Nobel Prize-winning poet, thinks poetry--and I'm sure he would extend this observation to all the arts--provides "perhaps the only insurance we've got against the vulgarity of the human heart, and it should be available to everyone." He suggests that volumes of poetry should be in motel rooms next to the Bible. "The Bible won't mind this," he says. " It doesn't mind being next to the telephone book."Teresa JordanReality is what you run into when you are wrong.Dallas WillardNow do not let the word “mystic” scare you. It simply means one who has moved from mere belief systems or belonging systems to actual inner experience. All spiritual traditions agree that such a movement is possible, desirable, and available to everyone. In fact, Jesus seems to say that this is the whole point! (See, for example, John 10:19-38.)Fr. Richard RohrTo forgive is to set a prisoner free and discover that the prisoner was you.Lewis SmedesWe need a theology of brokenness. We need a theology which teaches us that even though we cannot unscramble an egg, God's grace lets us live happily and with renewed innocence far beyond any eggs we may have scrambled. We need a theology that teaches us that God does not give us one chance, but that every time we close a door [God] opens another one for us.Ronald RolheiserThere is always enough, and enough is plenty.Guillermo (a native of Balearic Islands, Spain)What you get by achieving your goals is not as important as what you become by achieving your goals.Henry David ThoreauA false sense of security is the only kind there is.Michael MeadeAny organization obsessed with its own growth is essentially cancerous.Malcolm GuiteGod comes to you disguised as your life.Paula D'ArcyHe supposed that even in Hell, people got an occasional sip of water, if only so they could appreciate the full horror of unrequited thirst when it set in again.Stephen KingAnger is never without a reason, but seldom a good one.Benjamin FranklinPresent the ancient truth as a present truth.Erik Routley on hymn playingOur deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, and fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people will not feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It is not just in some of us; it is in everyone and as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give others permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.Marianne WilliamsonUntil you heal the wounds of your past, you will continue to bleed. You can bandage the bleeding with food, with alcohol, with drugs, with work, with cigarettes, with sex, but eventually, it will all ooze through and stain your life. You must find the strength to open the wounds, stick your hands inside, pull out the core of the pain that is holding you in your past, the memories, and make peace with them.Iyanla VanzantTwenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.Mark TwainFaith is the direction our feet start moving when we discover that we are loved.Frederick BuechnerIf you want a good litmus test of your spiritual growth, simply examine the nature and quality of your relationships with others. Are you more loving, more compassionate, more patient, more understanding, more caring, more giving, more forgiving than you were a year ago? If you cannot answer these kinds of questions in the affirmative and, especially, if others cannot answer them in the affirmative about you, then you need to examine carefully the nature of your spiritual life and growth.M. Robert Mulholland, Jr.The invitation of God isn't to get it together so we can follow him, but to leave all of our preparations behind so that we can.Tara Mansbridge OwensTerrorists as well as saints have had a spiritual formation.Dallas WillardWe need not add how strongly we believe in God. We're doing what we believe, and we're not doing what we don't.David DarkAs I approach the end of my life on earth, and as I complete more than sixty years of privileged Christian discipleship, I would like to leave behind me a kind of spiritual legacy, this little statement of evangelical faith. this personal appeal to a rising generation. Of course I have changed over the last six decades. Yet I hope these changes have not been a denial of anything I previously affirmed, but rather an enrichment of what was inadequate, the deepening of what was shallow, and the clarification of what was obscure. The great evangelical truths remain, this is how I wish to be remembered and judged, as I prepare to stand before the judgment seat of Christ.John StottThe Christ within who is our hope of glory is not a matter of theological debate or philosophical speculation. He is not a hobby, a part-time project, a good theme for a book, or a last resort when all human effort fails. He is our life, the most real fact about us. He is the power and wisdom of God dwelling within us.Brennan ManningHabit is either the best of servants, or the worst of masters.Nathaniel EmmonsWhile we are free to choose our actions, we are not free to choose the consequences of our actions.Stephen R. CoveyHas [prayer] transported her for a few short moments into a spiritual ecstasy that vanishes when everyday life returns, or has it lodged the Word of God so soberly and so deeply in her heart that it holds and strengthens her all day, impelling her to active love, to obedience, to good works? Only the day can decide.Dietrich BonhoefferIf you put a spoonful of wine in a barrel full of sewage, you get sewage. If you put a spoonful of sewage in a barrel full of wine, you get sewage.Schopenhauer's Law of EntropyAll of creation, it seems, has been obedient to its destiny, “each mortal thing does one thing and the same . . . myself it speaks and spells, crying ‘What I do is me, for that I came’” (Gerard Manley Hopkins, “As Kingfishers Catch Fire”). Wouldn’t it be our last and greatest humiliation, if one day we realized that all other creatures have obeyed their destiny with a kind of humility and with trustful surrender? All, except us.Fr. Richard RohrThe human mind has this amazing ability to forget what we are meant to remember and remember what we are meant to forget.R. Zacharias"Go and set the world on fire! Nothing is more practical than finding God, that is, falling in love in a quite absolute, final way. What you are in love with, what seizes your imagination, will affect everything. It will decide what will get you out of bed in the morning, what you will do with your evenings, how you will spend your weekends, what you read, whom you know, what breaks your heart, and what amazes you with joy and gratitude. Fall in love, stay in love, and it will decide everything.St. Ignatius of LoyolaAn efficiently busy life that keeps us occupied without being harried and keeps our attention entirely on interesting outer things is probably more potentially destructive of spiritual growth than debauchery or alcohol or hard drugs.Morton KelseyAbundance is not something we acquire. It is something we tune into.Wyne DyerFor Paul, the freedom Christ gives is not permission to do whatever we want. It is the ability to be what we could not be otherwise.Commentary on Galatians 5:13-25While our art cannot, as we wish it could, save us from wars, privation, envy, greed, old age, or death, it can revitalize us amidst it all.Ray BradburyWhen we lose our tolerance for vulnerability, joy becomes foreboding.Brene Brown"Wildness is that which cannot be tamed. We try so hard to domesticate our lives, the world around us, God. Yet wildness continues to call to us, to reject those places where we have narrowed our lives and refused to consider that more expansiveness awaits us than we can imagine."Christine Valters PaintnerIt is a good thing to follow the First Law of Holes: if you are in one, stop digging.Denis HealeyInstead of wondering when your next vacation Is, maybe you should set up a life you don't need to escape from.Seth GodinThe trouble with being rich is that since you can solve with your checkbook virtually all of the practical problems that bedevil ordinary people, you are left in your leisure with nothing but the great human problems to contend with: how to be happy, how to love and be loved, how to find meaning and purpose in your life. In desperation the rich are continually tempted to believe that they can solve these problems too with their checkbooks, which is presumably what led Jesus to remark one day that for a rich man to get to heaven is about as easy as for a Mercedes to get through a revolving door.Frederick BuechnerI am tomorrow, or some future day, what I establish today. I am today what I established yesterday or some previous day.James JoyceOutside of a concrete community of relationships, you can imagine you are much more enlightened than you really are.Fr. Richard RohrWords are as strong and powerful as bombs, as napalm.Dorothy DayPerhaps you have noticed in the Easter accounts that "Jesus was raised." Gospel writers use the passive voice. Jesus didn't raise himself; God raised him up. German theologian Dietrich Bonhoeffer was able to determine from this truth that the best place to celebrate Easter is in a jail cell. It's in a locked cell where one realizes the only possibility for release comes from someone on the outside holding a key.Peter W. MartyI slept and I dreamed that life is all joy. I woke and I saw that life is all service. I served and I saw that service is joy.”Kahlil GibranTo retaliate in kind would do nothing but intensify the existence of hate in the universe. Along the way of life, someone must have sense enough, and morality enough, to cut off the chain of hate.Martin Luther King, Jr.