Monday, February 28, 2011

Only Wounded Soldiers Serve

"Without your wounds where would your power be? It is your melancholy that makes your low voice tremble into the hearts of men and women. The very angels themselves cannot persuade the wretched and blundering children on earth as can one human being broken on the wheels of living. In Love's service only wounded soldiers can serve. Physician, draw back."

Thornton Wilder, The Angel that Troubled the Waters

Saturday, February 26, 2011

The Sword of Love

The Cherub was stationed at the gate of the earthly paradise with the flaming sword to teach us that no one will enter the heavenly paradise who is not pierced with the sword of love.

~ St. Francis de Sales, Treatise on the Love of God

Thursday, February 24, 2011


"If we stood face to face with the light streaming from the face of God right now, we would be blinded, dazzled, and squashed. 'No man can see my face and live.'

God is like the sun; the most ecstatic joy available in our present experience is like a sunbeam. If we were able to run up the sunbeam into the sun, we would be volatized.

Our business here is a process of thickening, becoming more real, learning to endure more light."

~ Peter Kreeft, Heaven, the Heart's Deepest Longing

Wednesday, February 23, 2011


We all feel the riddle of the earth without anyone to point it out. The mystery of life is the plainest part of it ... every stone or flower is a hieroglyphic of which we have lost the key; with every step of our lives we enter into the middle of some story which we are certain to misunderstand.

~ G.K. Chesterton

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Ask Him

Stand at the crossroads and look; ask for the ancient paths.

~ Jeremiah 6:16

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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