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Flannery O’Connor

When we get our spiritual house in order, we’ll be dead. This goes on. You arrive at enough certainty to be able to make your way, but it is making it in darkness. Don’t expect faith to clear things up for you. It is trust, not certainty. ― Flannery O’Connor, A Prayer Journal. Written in… Continue reading Flannery O’Connor

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Henri J.M. Nouwen

Forgiveness is the name of love practiced among people who love poorly. The hard truth is that all people love poorly. We need to forgive and be forgiven every day, every hour increasingly. That is the great work of love among the fellowship of the weak that is the human family. ― Henri J.M. Nouwen

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Alfred D’Souza

For a long time it seemed to me that life was about to begin — real life. But there was always some obstacle in the way, something to be gotten through first, some unfinished business, time still to be served, a debt to be paid. At last it dawned on me that these obstacles were… Continue reading Alfred D’Souza

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Francis of Assisi

Lord, make me an instrument of your peace:where there is hatred, let me sow love;where there is injury, pardon;where there is doubt, faith;where there is despair, hope;where there is darkness, light;where there is sadness, joy. O divine Master, grant that I may not so much seekto be consoled as to console,to be understood as to… Continue reading Francis of Assisi

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Pope John Paul II

I have understood: the tree must be woundedso that the scion should find its own place,understood: the tree must be woundedto let life seep through;understood: I must open myself—(my life’s frontiers shift so thatwhat is not mine becomes mine.And should they not shiftso that mine becomes not mine?) — Pope John Paul II, from “A… Continue reading Pope John Paul II

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Thomas Merton

For language to have meaning there must be intervals of silence somewhere, to divide word from word and utterance from utterance. He who retires into silence does not necessarily hate language. Perhaps it is love and respect for language which imposes silence upon him. — Thomas Merton, Disputed Questions. (Harvest Books; 1st Harvest/HBJ ed edition,… Continue reading Thomas Merton

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