every day at least

One ought, every day at least, to hear a little song, read a good poem, see a fine picture, and if it were possible, to speak a few reasonable words. – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

unlimited opportunities

The important achievement of Apollo was demonstrating that humanity is not forever chained to this planet and our visions go rather further than that and our opportunities are unlimited. – Neil Armstrong

little efforts matter

How we spend our days is,

of course,

how we spend our lives.

~ Annie Dillard

words without thoughts

“My words fly up, my thoughts remain below: Words without thoughts never to heaven go.”

– Hamlet, Act III, Scene iii

C. S. Lewis writes about the Efficacy of Prayer that “Simply to say prayers is not to pray; otherwise a team of properly trained parrots would serve as well as men for our experiment.”

The World’s Last Night and Other Essays

Further – “Prayer is not a machine. It is not magic. It is not advice offered to God. Our act, when we pray, must not, any more than all our other acts, be separated from the continuous act of God Himself, in which alone all finite causes operate.”

And

It would be even worse to think of those who get what they pray for as a sort of court favorites, people who have influence with the throne. The refused prayer of Christ in Gethsemane is answer enough to that. And I dare not leave out the hard saying which I once heard from an experienced Christian: “I have seen many striking answers to prayer and more than one that I thought miraculous. But they usually come at the beginning: before conversion, or soon after it. As the Christian life proceeds, they tend to be rarer. The refusals, too, are not only more frequent; they become more unmistakable, more emphatic.”

Does God then forsake just those who serve Him best? Well, He who served Him best of all said, near His tortured death, “Why hast thou forsaken me.” When God becomes man, that Man, of all others, is least comforted by God, at His greatest need. There is a mystery here which, even if I had the power, I might not have the courage to explore. Meanwhile, little people like you and me, if our prayers are sometimes granted, beyond all hope and probability, had better not draw hasty conclusions to our own advantage. If we were stronger, we might be less tenderly treated. If we were braver, we might be sent, with far less help, to defend far more desperate posts in the great battle.

an impulsion

A cloud does not know why it moves in just such a direction and at such a speed . . . It feels an impulsion . . . this is the place to go now.  But the sky knows the reasons and the patterns behind all clouds, and you will know, too, when you lift yourself high enough to see beyond horizons. ~ Richard Bach

what it is . . . and what it is not . . .

 . . . The second thing to get clear is that Christianity has not, and does not profess to have, a detailed political programme for applying “Do as you would be done by” to a particular society at a particular moment. It could not have. It is meant for all men at all times and the particular programme which suited one place or time would not suit another. And, anyhow, that is not how Christianity works. When it tells you to feed the hungry it does not give you lessons in cookery. When it tells you to read the Scriptures it does not give you lessons in Hebrew and Greek, or even in English grammar. It was never intended to replace or supersede the ordinary human arts and sciences: it is rather a director which will set them all to the right jobs, and a source of energy which will give them all new life, if only they will put themselves at its disposal.

–          C. S. Lewis, Social Morality from Mere Christianity

the Sacrament of the Present Moment

God is always coming to you in the Sacrament of the Present Moment.

Meet and receive Him there with gratitude in that sacrament.

– Evelyn Underhill

you could not have guessed

Besides being complicated, reality, in my experience, is usually odd.  It is not neat, not obvious, not what you expect. . . .

Reality, in fact, is usually something you could not have guessed. That is one of the reasons I believe Christianity. It is a religion you could not have guessed. If it offered us just the kind of universe we had always expected, it would feel we were making it up. But, in fact, it is not the sort of thing anyone would have made up. It has just that queer twist about it that real things have.

– C. S. Lewis, The Invasion in Mere Christianity

clutter clutter clutter

Don’t own so much clutter that you will be relieved to see your house catch fire. – Wendell Berry

later – and earlier

If later really cared, it should try turning up at places earlier.

– Chris Cleave in his novel Gold

quote of the day

Childhood doesn’t end, it just has loose ends
– Chris Cleave

across the threshold

Across the threshold lies a landscape that I can hardly perceive or imagine.
~ Jan Richardson

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