My Lord God, I have no idea where I am going. I do not see the road ahead of me. I cannot know for certain where it will end. Nor do I really know myself, and the fact that I think that I am following your will does not mean that I am actually doing so. But I believe that the desire to please you does in fact please you. And I hope I have that desire in all that I am doing. I hope that I will never do anything apart from that desire. And I know that if I do this you will lead me by the right road though I may know nothing about it. Therefore will I trust you always though I may seem to be lost and in the shadow of death. I will not fear, for you are ever with me, and you will never leave me to face my perils alone.
— Thomas Merton, “Thoughts in Solitude”
“Leave these men alone! Let them go! For if their purpose or activity is of human origin, it will fail. But if it is from God, you will not be able to stop these men; you will only find yourselves fighting against God.”
–Gamaliel in Acts 5:38-39
What greater thing is there for human souls than to feel that they are joined for life – to be with each other in silent unspeakable memories.
“Who cares about degrees! Rectal thermometers have degrees, and we all know what we do with those.”
–Ray Vander Laan
If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. If I give all I possess to the poor and surrender my body to the flames, but have not love I gain nothing.
–1 Corinthians 13:1-3
“Salvation is free, … but discipleship will cost you your life.
– Dietrich Bonhoeffer
“The Kingdom of Heaven is like a treasure hidden in a field. A man found it, hid it again, then in great joy went and sold everything he owned, and bought that field.
-Yeshua, Matthew 13:44
Write your plans in pencil but give God the eraser.
A good man is not a perfect man; a good man is an honest man, faithful, and unhesitatingly responsive to the voice of God in his life.
Character is like a tree and reputation its shadow. The shadow is what we think it is; the tree is the real thing.
Reputation is the shell a man discards when he leaves life for immortality. His character he takes with him.
Vision is not enough, it must be combined with venture. It is not enough to stare up the steps, we must step up the stairs.
God doesn’t look at how much we do, but with how much love we do it.
There is more hunger for love and appreciation in this world than for bread.
Hungry not only for bread – but hungry for love. Naked not only for clothing – but naked for human dignity and respect. Homeless not only for want of a room of bricks – but homeless because of rejection.
Not what we have But what we enjoy, constitutes our abundance.
Never give in! Never give in! Never, never, never, never – in nothing great or small, large or petty. Never give in except to convictions of honor and good sense.
It is not the mountains that we conquer, but ourselves.
–Sir Edmund Hillary
In the midst of winter, I found there was, within me, an invincible summer.
Let us think of education as the means of developing our greatest abilities, because in each of us there is a private hope and dream which, fulfilled, can be translated into benefit for everyone and greater strength for our nation.
–John F. Kennedy
And forget not that the earth delights to feel your bare feet and the winds long to play with your hair.