God doesn't have to put his name on a label in the corner of a meadow
because nobody else makes meadows.
Earth has no sorrow that heaven cannot heal.
Christmas began in the heart of God.
It is complete only when it reaches the heart of man.
Be kind and merciful.
Let no one ever come to you without coming away better and happier.
Be the living expression of God's kindness;
kindness in your face, kindness in your eyes,
kindness in your smile, kindness in your warm greeting.
Prayer is exhaling the spirit of man and inhaling the Spirit of God.
One-half of the ills of life come because men are unwilling to sit down quietly
for thirty minutes to think through all the possible consequences of their acts.
In the days of His earthly ministry,
only those could speak to Him who came where He was.
If He was in Galilee, men could not find Him in Jerusalem;
if He was in Jerusalem, men could not find Him in Galilee.
But His Ascension means that He is perfectly united with God;
we are with Him wherever we are present to God;
and this is everywhere and always.
A Christian should always remember that the value of his good works
is not based on their number and excellence,
but on the love of God which prompts him to do these things.
St. John of the Cross
There is not one blade of grass,
there is no color in this world
that is not intended to make us rejoice.
The Bible is like a telescope.
If a man looks through his telescope,
then he sees worlds beyond;
but if he looks at his telescope,
then he does not see anything but that.
The Bible is a thing to be looked through,
to see that which is beyond;
but most people only look at it;
and so they see only the dead letter.
It is probable that in most of us the spiritual life is impoverished and stunted
because we give so little place to gratitude.
It is more important to thank God for blessings received
than to pray for them beforehand.
For that forward-looking prayer,
though right as an expression of dependence upon God,
is still self-centered in part, at least, of its interest;
there is something we hope to gain by our prayer.
But the backward-looking act of thanksgiving is quite free from this.
In itself it is quite selfless. Thus it is akin to love.
All our love to God is in response to his love for us; it never starts on our side.
“We love, because he first loved us” (1 John 4:19).
In creation, God shows us his hand; in salvation, his heart.
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