March 11, 2017 Comments Off on Lenten Quote of the Week: Desiderius Erasmus
February 20, 2016 Comments Off on Lenten Quote of the Week: Ephrem of Edessa
“We give glory to You, Lord, who raised up Your cross to span the jaws of death.”
– St. Ephrem of Edessa
February 13, 2016 Comments Off on Lenten Quote of the Week: Martin Luther
“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
March 21, 2015 § 1 Comment
“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
March 7, 2015 Comments Off on Quote of the Week: Abba Evagrius of Ponticus
February 28, 2015 Comments Off on Lenten Quote of the Week: St. John Chrysostom
“Do you fast? Give me proof of it by your works. If you see a poor man, take pity on him. If you see a friend being honored, do not envy him.
Do not let only your mouth fast,
but also the eye and the ear and the feet and the hands and all the members of our bodies.
Let the hands fast, by being free of avarice.
Let the feet fast, by ceasing to run after sin.
Let the eyes fast, by disciplining them not to glare at that which is
Let the ear fast, by not listening to evil talk and gossip.
Let the mouth fast from foul words and unjust criticism.
For what good is it if we abstain from birds and fishes, but bite and
devour our brothers?”
– St. John Chrysostom
February 21, 2015 § 1 Comment
“To have courage for whatever comes in life – everything lies in that.”
– St. Teresa of Avila
April 5, 2014 Comments Off on Quote of the Week: St. Francis of Assisi
March 22, 2014 Comments Off on Lenten Quote of the Week: Wang Weifan
“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
March 15, 2014 Comments Off on Lenten Quotes from the Church Fathers and Mothers: St. Gregory the Great