Lenten Quote of the Week: Desiderius Erasmus

March 11, 2017 Comments Off on Lenten Quote of the Week: Desiderius Erasmus

“Give light, and the darkness will disappear of itself.”

– Desiderius Erasmus

Lenten Quote of the Week: Ephrem of Edessa

February 20, 2016 Comments Off on Lenten Quote of the Week: Ephrem of Edessa

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“We give glory to You, Lord, who raised up Your cross to span the jaws of death.”

– St. Ephrem of Edessa

Lenten Quote of the Week: Martin Luther

February 13, 2016 Comments Off on Lenten Quote of the Week: Martin Luther

MTE1ODA0OTcxNzA3MjM3OTAx“God is ready to give more quickly, and to give more than you ask; yea, he offers his treasures if we only take them. It is truly a great shame and a severe chastisement for us Christians that God should still upbraid us for our slothfulness in prayer, and that we fail to let such a rich and excellent promise incite us to pray.”

– Martin Luther

Lenten Quote of the Week: St. Bonaventure

March 28, 2015 Comments Off on Lenten Quote of the Week: St. Bonaventure

"Vittore Crivelli - Saint Bonaventure" by Vittorio Crivelli - Livre Primitifs italiens, Paris : Éditions Noesis, octobre 2000. Licensed under Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons - http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Vittore_Crivelli_-_Saint_Bonaventure.jpg#/media/File:Vittore_Crivelli_-_Saint_Bonaventure.jpg

[Editor’s Note: St. Bonaventure offers what he calls the “pathway to salvation” in his homily Six Days Before the Passover. Jesus Went to Bethany, which reflects on John 12:1. He offers three considerations: (1) the directness of the journey, the “six days before”, (2) the benefit of achieving the goal, “Passover”, and (3) the good sense of the guide, “Jesus”. ]

“[R]eflect that the “six days” are to be understood as that spiritual training…which the spiritual sun shining in through the presence of grace, accomplishes in our spirit.”

– St. Bonaventure, Six Days Before the Passover. Jesus Went to Bethany, translated by Marigiwen Schumachaer in Rooted in Faith: Homilies to a Contemporary World (Franciscan Herald Press, 1974)

Lenten Quote of the Week: Pema Chödrön

March 21, 2015 § 1 Comment

fast-mountain-river-makes-a-hazy-waterfall“We habitually erect a barrier called blame that keeps us from communicating genuinely with others, and we fortify it with our concepts of who’s right and who’s wrong. We do that with the people who are closest to us and we do it with political systems, with all kinds of things that we don’t like about our associates or our society. It is a very common, ancient, well-perfected device for trying to feel better. Blame others. Blaming is a way to protect your heart, trying to protect what is soft and open and tender in yourself. Rather than own that pain, we scramble to find some comfortable ground.”

– Pema Chödrön

Quote of the Week: Neil Douglas-Klotz

March 14, 2015 Comments Off on Quote of the Week: Neil Douglas-Klotz

Translation from the Aramaic, Matthew 7:7 by Neil Douglas-Klotz:

Ask intensely–
like a straight line engraved toward
the object you want;
pray with desire–
as though you interrogated your own soul about
its deepest, most hidden longings;
and you will
receive expansively–
not only what your desire asked,
but where the elemental breath led you–
love’s doorstep, the place where you
bear fruit
and become part of the universe’s
power of generation and sympathy.

Search anxiously–
from the interior of your desire
to its outer embodiment–
let the inner gnawing and boiling lead you to
act passionately–
no matter how material or gross
your goal seems at first;
then you will
find fulfillment
of the drive of the flesh
to accomplish its purpose
and see its destiny.
Like a spring unbound, you will
gain the force
of profound stillness after an effort–
the earth’s power to grow new each season.

Knock innocently–
as if you were driving a tent stake or
striking one clear note, never heard before.
Create enough space within
to receive the force you release;
hollow yourself–
purified of hidden hopes and fears,
and it shall be
opened easily–
a natural response to space created,
part of the contraction-expansion
of the universe;
and penetrated smoothly–
as the cosmos opens and closes
around your words of satisfied desire.

 

Quote of the Week: Abba Evagrius of Ponticus

March 7, 2015 Comments Off on Quote of the Week: Abba Evagrius of Ponticus

Evagrius-of-Ponticus_web“If you know how to practice patience, you shall always pray with joy.”

– Abba Evagrius of Ponticus

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