Henri de Lubac
|A Prayer Diary
Yesterday morning. That's the truth.
It is not sincerity, it is Truth which frees us, because it transforms us. It tears us away from our inmost slavery. To see sincerity above all things is perhaps, at bottom, not to want to be transformed.
Henri de Lubac
It is not what we give of ourselves or our resources that is the measure of how we love, but what we hold back.
Celtic Daily Prayer
The early Christian monks staked their survival on their willingness to be as God had made them, creatures of the day-to-day. They regarded repetition as essential to their salvation, and valued perseverance in prayer and manual labor at the core of their spiritual discipline.
To pray is to take notice of the wonder, to regain a sense of the mystery that animates all beings, the divine margin in all attainments. Prayer is our humble answer to the inconceivable surprise of living.
Abraham Joshua Heschel
Adopting the spirituality of compassion is a revolution which casts down the proud and exalts those of low degree.
Martin L. Smith
It is in silence and solitude that one learns—or regains—the human quality of being in God’s presence always. It is a place filled with gratitude and awe, and also one filled with day-to-day tribulations, trials, and frustrations of being human.
Barbara Erakko Taylor
Moses talking off his shoes before the burning bush.
Earth is crammed with
and every common bush
but only he who sees
takes off his shoes.
Elizabeth Barrett Browning
Site of Thoreau's cabin, Walden Pond.
Prayer is a full-time affair; solitude, unless called to a lifetime of it by God, must always be a temporary thing, lest it ceases to be solitude and becomes and escape.
Catherine de Hueck Doherty
Our spiritual attitude is the soil in which our prayer life grows and from which the gift of compassion is offered. Robert J. Wicks
As you become more deeply attuned to the mystery of reality…it teaches you things you can hardly put into words, that can only be hinted by words to abandon the self satisfaction of comfortable categories, to accept the unity of opposites (or contradictoriness) as the natural thing it is in reality.
John Howard Griffin