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November 12, 2018

The importance of detachment from things, the importance of poverty, is that we are supposed to be free from things that we might prefer to people. Wherever things have become more important than people, we are in trouble. That is the crux of the whole matter.    

—Thomas Merton [READ MORE]


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November 5, 2018

As long as we continue to live as if we are what we do, what we have, and what other people think about us, we will remain filled with judgments, opinions, evaluations, and condemnations. We will remain addicted to putting people and things in their "right" place.
— Henri Nouwen [READ MORE]



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October 29, 2018

My concern is not whether God is on our side; my greatest concern is to be on God's side.
— Abraham Lincoln [READ MORE]



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October 23, 2018

To say that I am made in the image of God is to say that love is the reason for my existence, for God is love. Love is my true identity. Selflessness is my true self. Love is my true character. Love is my name. 

—Thomas Merton [READ MORE]


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October 15, 2018
“Any time we look at our Maker with love, our importance in our own eyes diminishes, and we are filled with awe and humility and love for others.”
— Julian of Norwic [READ MORE]


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October 9, 2018

Never think that you need to protect God. Because anytime you think you need to protect God, you can be sure that you are worshipping an idol.       

Stanley Hauerwas [READ MORE]


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September 17, 2018

You do not need to know precisely what is happening, or exactly where it is all going. What you need is to recognize the possibilities and challenges offered by the present moment, and to embrace them with courage, faith and hope.             

Thomas Merton [READ MORE]


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September 13, 2018
You made us for yourself, O Lord, and our heart is restless until it finds its rest in You. 
— Augustine [READ MORE]


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June 25, 2018

Man's thought is always of the punishment that will come to him if he sins. God's thought is always of the glory man will miss if he sins. God's purpose for redemption is glory, glory, glory.

[Watchman Nee] [READ MORE]


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June 18, 2018

You do not need to know precisely what is happening, or exactly where it is all going. What you need is to recognize the possibilities and challenges offered by the present moment, and to embrace them with courage, faith and hope.         

[Thomas Merton] [READ MORE]


04
June 4, 2018

As long as we continue to live as if we are what we do, what we have, and what other people think about us, we will remain filled with judgments, opinions, evaluations, and condemnations. We will remain addicted to putting people and things in their "right" place.

[Henri Nouwen] [READ MORE]


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May 28, 2018

I don't believe in charity. I believe in solidarity. Charity is so vertical. It goes from the top to the bottom. Solidarity is horizontal. It respects the other person and learns from the other. I have a lot to learn from other people.

[Eduardo Galeano] [READ MORE]


22
May 22, 2018

Like wax before a fire, my heart has melted under the heat of [God's] love.

[Count von Zinzendorf] [READ MORE]


14
May 14, 2018

Taking a new step, uttering a new word, is what people fear most.

[Fyodor Dostoyevsky] [READ MORE]


07
May 7, 2018

Do you know that nothing you do in this life will ever matter, unless it is about loving God and loving the people he has made?    
[Francis Chan] [READ MORE]



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April 30, 2018

Grant me, O Lord my God, a mind to know you, a heart to seek you, wisdom to find you, conduct pleasing to you, faithful perseverance in waiting for you, and a hope of finally embracing you. Amen.

[Thomas Aquinas] [READ MORE]


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April 23, 2018

In the beginning the Creator created . . . and mankind is responsibile for what has happened to creation since. 

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April 16, 2018
The purpose of life is not to be happy. It is to be useful, to be honorable, to be compassionate, to have it make some difference that you have lived and lived well.                
[Ralph Waldo Emerson] [READ MORE]


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April 9, 2018

What you do in the present—by painting, preaching, singing, sewing, praying, teaching, building hospitals, digging wells, campaigning for justice, writing poems, caring for the needy, loving your neighbor as yourself—will last into God's future.

[N. T. Wright]


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March 26, 2018

The preaching of the gospel awakens an intense resentment because it is designed to reveal my unholiness, but it also awakens an intense yearning and desire within me. God has only one intended destiny for mankind-holiness. His only goal is to produce saints.

[Oswald Chambers] [READ MORE]


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March 19, 2018

I am not a follower of Jesus Christ if I live with Him only in Bethlehem and Nazareth, and not in Gethsemane and on Calvary, too.  

[Brennan Manning] [READ MORE]


12
March 12, 2018
Never be afraid to raise your voice for honesty and truth and compassion against injustice and lying and greed. If people all over the world...would do this, it would change the earth.   
—William Faulkner [READ MORE]


05
March 5, 2018

God doesn't call us to be comfortable. He calls us to trust Him so completely that we are unafraid to put ourselves in situations where we will be in trouble if He doesn't come through. [Francis Chan] [READ MORE]



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February 26, 2018

To say that I am made in the image of God is to say that love is the reason for my existence, for God is love. Love is my true identity. Selflessness is my true self. Love is my true character. Love is my name.            

[Thomas Merton] [READ MORE]



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February 20, 2018

The spiritual life does not remove us from the world but leads us deeper into it.

[Henri Nouwen] [READ MORE]


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