Easter Quote: Justin Martyr

April 25, 2014 Comments Off on Easter Quote: Justin Martyr

JustinMartyr“You may have fallen in with some who are called ‘Christians.’ However they do not admit this, and they venture to blaspheme the God of Abraham … They say there is no resurrection of the dead, but rather, they say that when they die, their souls are taken to heaven. Do not imagine that they are Christians.”

– Justin Martyr (c.160 CE)

Easter Quote: Gerard Manley Hopkins

April 20, 2014 Comments Off on Easter Quote: Gerard Manley Hopkins

“Let Him easter in us, be a dayspring to the dimness of us, be a crimson-cresseted east.” 

– Gerard Manley Hopkins

Quote of the Week: Neil Douglas-Klotz

April 12, 2014 Comments Off on Quote of the Week: Neil Douglas-Klotz

Expanded translation of Matthew 11:28-29 from the Aramaic by Neil Douglas-Klotz:

Come to me,
All of you, all of yourself,
In your frenzied weariness,
Your movement without end,
Your action without purpose,
Not caring in your fatigue
Whether you live or die.

Come enmeshed by what you carry,
The cargo taken on by your soul,
The burdens you thought you desired,
Which have constantly swollen
And now exhaust you.

Come like lovers to your first tryst:
I will give you peace and
Renewal after constant stress:
Your pendulum can pause
Between here and there,
Between being and not-being.

Quote of the Week: St. Francis of Assisi

April 5, 2014 Comments Off on Quote of the Week: St. Francis of Assisi

Cimabue-st-francis“The love of God makes all heavy things light and all bitter things sweet.”

– St. Francis of Assisi

 

Lenten Quote of the Week: Wang Weifan

March 22, 2014 Comments Off on Lenten Quote of the Week: Wang Weifan

river“My Lord is the source of Love; I the river’s course. Let god’s love flow through me. I will not obstruct it. Irrigation ditches can water but a portion of the fields; the great Yangtze River can water a thousand acres. Expand my heart, O Lord, that I may love yet more people. The waters of love can water vast tracts, nothing will be lost to me. The greater the outward flow, the greater the returning tide. If I am not linked to Love’s source, I will dry up. If I dam the waters of Love, they will stagnate. Can I compare my heart to the boundless seas? But abandon not the measure of my heart, O Lord. Let the waves of your love still billow there!”

– Wang Weifan

Lenten Quotes from the Church Fathers and Mothers: St. Gregory the Great

March 15, 2014 Comments Off on Lenten Quotes from the Church Fathers and Mothers: St. Gregory the Great

Gregory the Great“The proof of love is in the works. Where love exists, it works great things. But when it ceases to act, it ceases to exist.”

– St. Gregory the Great

Lenten Quotes from the Church Fathers and Mothers: Abba Hyperichius

March 8, 2014 Comments Off on Lenten Quotes from the Church Fathers and Mothers: Abba Hyperichius

Tree_of_Life_Bahrain“The tree of life is tall. Ony humility can climb it. Be like the tax collector if you do not want to be condemned with the Pharisee. Follow gentle Moses and chip out the rocky places of your heart that they may become springs of water.”

– Abba Hyperichius

Advent Quote: Mother Teresa of Calcutta

December 22, 2012 Comments Off on Advent Quote: Mother Teresa of Calcutta

Mother Teresa in CalcuttaAre we ready to receive Him? Before the birth of Jesus, his parents asked for a simple dwelling place, but there was none. If Mary and Joseph were looking for a home for Jesus, would they choose … your heart, and all it holds? 

Let us pray that we shall be able to welcome Jesus at Christmas not in the cold manger of a selfish heart, but in a heart full of love, compassion, joy and peace, a heart warm with love for one another.

– Mother Teresa of Calcutta

Advent Quote: Dietrich Bonhoeffer

December 15, 2012 Comments Off on Advent Quote: Dietrich Bonhoeffer

200px-Pastor_Bonhoeffer“A prison cell, in which one waits, hopes – and is completely dependent on the fact that the door of freedom has to be opened from the outside, is not a bad picture of Advent.”

–  Dietrich Bonhoeffer

Advent Quote: St. Augustine of Hippo

December 8, 2012 Comments Off on Advent Quote: St. Augustine of Hippo

“Is there no hope at all? ‘Not really’ would seem to be the answer, except perhaps for the grace of the Incarnation.”
 
– St. Augustine of Hippo

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