- "Belief is a wise wager. Granted that faith
cannot be proved, what harm
- will come to you if you gamble on its truth
and it proves false? ... If
- you gain, you gain all; if you lose, you lose
nothing. Wager, then,
- without hesitation, that He
-- Blaise Pascal 1623-1662
- I am the utter poverty of God. I am His
- nothingness, lostness. When this is
understood, my life in God's freedom,
- the self-emptying of God in me is the
fullness of grace. A love for God
- that knows no reason because God is the
fullness of grace. A love for God
- that knows no reason because God is God; a
love without measure, a love for
- God as personal.
Thomas Merton [20th
Praying With Thomas
- Ideology & change
- A group of political activists were
attempting to show the
- Master how their ideology would change the
- The Master listened carefully. The following
day he said,
- 'An ideology is as good or bad as the people
- use of it. If a million wolves were to
- justice, would they cease to be a million
-- Anthony de Mello
One Minute Wisdom
- The great imperfection of most of us proceeds
from want of reflection,
- but, on the other hand, there are many who
think overmuch, who fall into
- the mistake of too close self-inspection, and
who are perpetually fretting
- over their failings and
-- Jean-Pierre Camus [17th
The Spirit of St. Francis de
- Longing or looking for God
- Our natural will is to have God, and the good
will of God is to have us,
- and we may never cease willing or longing for
God until we have him in the
- fullness of joy. Christ will never have his
full bliss in us until we have
- our full bliss in him.
-- Blessed Julian of
- Only His Name
- Shall we look for His face in
- and darkness,
- His presence in moons and
- His word buried in text of
- We we find Him perhaps manifest
- in light, in life, in tears of
- beyond the shroud, in glimmers
- in light upon the leaves; His
- in tumults of thunder and the roar
- Are we to know only His name,
- to know His heart?
- Are we to know only h reach of
- His touch, His grace,
- and the perfume of His love?
- Are we to breathe only His
- to see with His heart, to hear
- to feel Him rest within our veins
- this Crimsom Dove?
- Are we to know only His name
- and the sound of His heart,
- to dance His song?
- We we know His presence in His
- Will we see His word in his
- Will we hear Him in His light?
- Will I know His name?
-- Brian Rowland
- Love of God
- Great and overflowing is the love of God,
that never standeth still, but floweth on for
- and without ceasing, with no labour or
effort, but freely and fully, so that our little vessel
is full and over-full. If we do not stop the channel by
our self-will it will never slacken in its
- flowing, but the gift of God will ever make
our cup to run over."
-- Mechthild of Magdeburg [13th
the Flowing Forth of the Light of
- God's unfailing love for us is shown in
Jesus; that is why Jesus accepts
- us with an accpetance deeper than our being.
Jesus accepts us in the
- deepest roots of our being, the roots lying
beneath our consciousness, from
- which our conscious lives arise. Thus our
acceptance by Jesus is even more
- than our consciousness of him; that is why we
can trust our whole
- selves--conscious and unconscious, known and
-- Arthur A. Vogel [20th
Radical Christianity and the Flesh
- Mystical Contemplation
- Do thou, in the intent practice of mystic
contemplation, leave behind the
- senses and the operations of the intellect,
and all things that the senses
- or the intellect can perceive, and all things
which are not and things
- which are, and strain upwards in unknowing,
as far as may be, towards the
- union with God Who is, above all being and
knowledge. For by unceasing and
- absolute withdrawal from thyself and all
things in purity, abandoning all
- and set free from all, thou wilt be borne up
to the ray of the divine which
- surpasseth all being.
Mystical Theology - 5th
- "My Lord God, I have no idea where I am
- I do not see the road ahead of
- I cannot know for certain where it will
- Nor do I really know myself, and the fact
that I think I am following
- your will does not mean that I am actually
- But I believe that the desrie to please you
- in fact please you. And I hope I have that
desire in all that I am doing."
-- Thomas Merton
- Prayer is not asking.
- It is a longing of the soul.
- It is daily admission of one's
- It is better in prayer to have a
- without words then words without a
--Mohandas K. Gandhi, Young
- Question: When is a person sure of having
arrived at purity?
- Answer: When s/he considers all human beings
are good, and no created thing
- appears impure or defiled. Then s/he is truly
pure in heart.
Isaac of Nineveh [7th
Ascetic Treatises, 85
- True Home
- Our true home is in the present moment. The
miracle is not to walk on
- water. The miracle is to walk on the green
earth in the present moment.
- Peace is all around us--in the world and in
nature--and within us--in our
- bodies and our spirits. Once we learn to
touch this peace, we will be
- healed and transformed.
--Thich Nhat Hanh, Living Buddha,
- If you doze off, don't give it a second
thought. A child in the arms
- of a parent drops off to sleep occasionally,
but the parent isn't disturbed
- by that as long as the child is happily
resting there and opens its eyes
- once in a while.
--Thomas Keating, Open Mind, Open
- Wind Ponies
- White gulls tunnel through the
- bursting into the light,
- riding the breath like wind
- High above in the rain shadows
- a lone raven flows,
- hanging on the thermals.
- Their paths ribboned around the
- The bow formed in black and
- beneath their wings.
- Shadows now, their trail lost;
- a lone gull watches, as I stand in
- My heart follows, and my silence
-- Brian Rowland