Wonder & Whimsy: prayer and purity

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…

Our fulcrum and lever…

“Our fulcrum is God: our lever prayer — prayer which burns with love. With that we can lift the world.” – St. Therese of Lisieux

Authenticity is overrated…

“‘Authenticity’ of feeling is quite often inimical to truth in behavior.” – St. John Paul II (Love & Responsibility)

Detaching…

“Fasting detaches you from this world…prayer reattaches you to the next world.” – Venerable Fulton Sheen

Being undivided…

“To be pure is to be simple, in the sense of undivided. For every sin sets part of me against the rest. Impurity involves a loss of integrity, of integration; it is a dissonance, a crack in the mirror of the soul.” – Stratford Caldecott (Beauty in the Word)

Wonder & Whimsy: love means responsibility

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…

Understanding in God’s timing…

“Today we understanding the sacred word what we did not know yesterday; tomorrow we will understand what we do not know today. God has graciously disposed this so that every day we many be nourished.” – St. Gregory the Great

Love means responsibility…

“Love divorced from a feeling of responsibility for the person is a negation of itself, is always and necessarily egoism. The greater the feeling of responsibility for the person the more true love there is.” – St. John Paul II (Love & Responsibility)

Remembering eternity…

“It is the memory of time that makes us old; remembering eternity makes us young again.” – Stratford Caldecott (Beauty in the Word)

Wonder & Whimsy: love and education

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…

The rule of charity…

“Charity is certainly greater than any rule. Moreover, all rules must lead to charity. Since she is a noble mistress, we must do whatever she commands. With renewed devotion, then , we must serve the poor, especially outcasts and beggars. They have been given to us as our masters and patrons.” – St. Vincent de Paul (from a sermon on his memorial day in the OOR)

Love alone…

“It is love alone that gives worth to all things.” – St. Teresa of Avila

Education…

“Education is a creative activity with persons as its only possible object — only a person can be educated, an animal can only be trained — and also one which uses entirely human material; all that is by nature present in the human being to be educated is material for the educators, material which their love must find and mould.” – Karol Wojtyla (Love & Responsibility)