from Celebration of Discipline by Richard Foster
We do not want to be beginners. But let us be convinced that we will never be anything but beginners all our life--Thomas Merton
True contemplation is not a psychological trick but a theological grace.
Settle yourself in solitude and you will come upon him in yourself--
Teresa of Avila
Learn the lesson that if you are to do the work of a prophet, what you need is not a scepter but a hoe.
Bernard of Clairveux
True confession of evil works is the beginning of good works--
The Christian should be alleluia from head to foot.
From traditions of the ancients by Marcia Ford (a must buy for me sometime soon)
The Lord be with you always, and you be with him always and everyplace.--Claire of Assisi
Test all things; hold fast to what is good.
Certain thoughts are prayers. There are moments when, whatever the attitude of the body, the soul is on its knees
He who does not bow before God will not be able to bear the burden of himself--
The deisre is your prayers; and if your desire is without ceasing, your prayer is without ceasing. the continuance of your longing is the continuance of your prayer
To read without reflecting is like eating without digesting--
Read, mark, learn, and inwardly digest
Book of Common Prayer
Poetry is an echo, asking a shadow to dance--
We all write poems. It is simply the poets that write in words.
When the clock strikes, it is a good time to say a prayer--
Endeavor seven times a day to withdraw from business and company and lift up thy soul to God in private retirement
What soap is for the body, tears are for the soul
What a man takes in in comtemplation, he pours out in love
Death practices have a transformative value. People in both the world of the Bible and in the modern world have used death to transform themselves or others.--
Our language rightly sensed the two sides of being alone. It has created the word loneliness to express the pain of being alone. And it has created the world solitude to express the glory of being alone--
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