Wonder & Whimsy: redeemed desires and a healthy tension

A weekly curation of quotations I come across in my reading life (or on random condiment jars) — from the inspirational to the miscellaneous. Perhaps one inspires you or catches your fancy too…

Redeemed desires…

“Living the Christian life is not a matter of repressing our desires, but of redeeming them.” – Christopher West

What are you working with?

“He who works with his hands is a laborer.

He who works with his hands and his head is a craftsman.

He who works with his hands and his head and his heart is an artist.”

– attributed to Louis Nizer

A tension that should be present…

“Wanderlust and my longing for home are birthed from the same place: a desire to find the ultimate spot this side of heaven…My equal pull between both are fueled by my hardwired desire for heaven on earth. And I know I’ll never find it.” – Tsh Oxenreider, At Home in the World

I love because I love…

“Love is sufficient of itself. It gives pleasure by itself and because of itself. It is its own merit, its own reward. Love looks for no cause outside itself, no effect beyond itself. Its profit lies in its practice. I love because I love, I love that I may love. Love is a great thing so long as it continually returns to its fountainhead, flows back to its source, always drawing from the water which constantly replenishes it.” – St. Bernard (OOR, “I Love Because I Love…”)

 

Wonder & Whimsy: prayers, arrested development & greatness

A weekly curation of quotations I come across in my reading life (or on random condiment jars) — from the inspirational to the miscellaneous. Perhaps one inspires you or catches your fancy too…

A prayer of St. Benedict…

“Give us grace that our way of life may be pleasing to you, that we may have the patience to wait for you and the perseverance to look for you.”

A prayer of St. Teresa Benedicta of the Cross (Edith Stein)…

“O my God, fill my soul with holy joy, courage and strength to serve you. Enkindle Your love in me and then walk with me along the next stretch of road before me. I do not see very far ahead, but when I have arrived where the horizon now closes down, a new prospect will open before me, and I shall meet it with peace.”

Arrested development…

“Extended life expectancy has made extended adolescence possible.” – Tyler Blanski, An Immovable Feast

Perfecting our nature…

“Grace does not destroy nature, but rather perfects it.” – Thomas Aquinas, (Summa Theologica, I. I. 82)

Made for greatness…

“The world offers you comfort. But you were not made for comfort. You were made for greatness.” – Pope Benedict XVI

Wonder & Whimsy: perspective, travel & worship

A weekly curation of quotations I come across in my reading life (or on random condiment jars) — from the inspirational to the miscellaneous. Perhaps one inspires you or catches your fancy too…

A broader view requires a broader experience…

“Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all of one’s lifetime.” – Mark Twain

The reward of travel…

“The greatest reward and luxury of travel is to be able to experience everyday things as if for the first time.” – Bill Bryson

We all worship something…

“Every time you walk into a room something is being worshiped.” – Tyler Blanski, An Immovable Feast

What sort of person you are…

“For what you see and hear depends a good deal on where you are standing: it also depends on what sort of person you are.” – C. S. Lewis