Monday, May 31, 2010

Sunday, May 30, 2010

Dare to Love ~

Dare to love
and to be a real friend.
The love you give
and receive
is a reality
that will lead you
closer and closer
to God
as well as those
whom God has given you
to love.

~ Henri JM Nouwen

Monday, May 24, 2010

Monday, May 17, 2010

Halcyon Days

The halcyon is a seabird that nests by the shore, laying its eggs in the sand, and bringing forth its young in the middle of winter when the sea beats against the land in violent and frequent storms. But during the seven days the halycon broods-- for it takes but seven days to hatch its young-- all winds sink to a rest, and the sea grows calm. And as it is then in need of food for its young ones, the most bountiful God grants this little creature another seven days of calm; that it may feed its young.

Since all sailors know of this, they give this time the name of the halcyon days.

These things are ordered by the Providence of God for the creatures that are without reason, that you may be led to seek of God the things you need for your salvation.

And when, for this small bird, He holds back the great and fearful sea, and bids it be calm in winter, what will he not do for you made in His own image?

And if he should so tenderly cherish the halcyon, how much more will He not give you, when you call upon Him with all your heart?

~ St Basil the Great


Jesus, Savior, pilot me
Over lifes tempestuous sea;
Unknown waves before me roll,
Hiding rock and treacherous shoal.
Chart and compass come from Thee;
Jesus, Savior, pilot me.

Though the sea be smooth and bright,
Sparkling with the stars of night,
And my ships path be ablaze
With the light of halcyon days,
Still I know my need of Thee;

As a mother stills her child,
Thou canst hush the ocean wild;
Boisterous waves obey Thy will,
When Thou sayest to them, Be still!
Wondrous Sovereign of the sea,
Jesus, Savior, pilot me.
Jesus, Savior, pilot me.

Friday, May 7, 2010

Nothing is more Practical

Nothing is more practical than finding God, that is than falling in love in a quite absolute, final way.

What you are in love with, what seizes your imagination, will affect everything.

It will decide what will get you out of bed in the morning, what you will do with your evenings, how you will spend your weekends, what you read, who you know, what breaks your heart,

and what amazes you with joy and gratitude.

Fall in love, stay in love, and it will decide everything.

~ Pedro Arrupe

Thursday, May 6, 2010

To the Trinity Be Praise

To the Trinity be praise!
God is music, God is life
that nurtures every creature in its kind.
Our God is the song of the angel throng
and the splendor of secret ways
hid from all humankind,
But God our life is the life of all.

~ Hildegard von Bingen

Monday, May 3, 2010

Calm ~

There is only one thing that can give peace to the conscience, and that is the blood of Jesus Christ sprinkled on it. A clear understanding that Christ’s death was an actual payment of our debt to God, and that the merit of that death is made over to man when he believes, is the grand secret of inward peace. It meets every craving of conscience. It answers every accusation. It calms every fear.

~ J.C. Ryle

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Therefore, dear Sir, love your solitude and try to sing out with the pain it causes you. For those who are near you are far away... and this shows that the space around you is beginning to grow vast.... be happy about your growth, in which of course you can't take anyone with you, and be gentle with those who stay behind; be confident and calm in front of them and don't torment them with your doubts and don't frighten them with your faith or joy, which they wouldn't be able to comprehend. Seek out some simple and true feeling of what you have in common with them, which doesn't necessarily have to alter when you yourself change again and again; when you see them, love life in a form that is not your own and be indulgent toward those who are growing old, who are afraid of the aloneness that you trust.... and don't expect any understanding; but believe in a love that is being stored up for you like an inheritance, and have faith that in this love there is a strength and a blessing so large that you can travel as far as you wish without having to step outside it.”  ~ Rainer Maria Rilke