Just a thought …
The supreme happiness of life is the conviction that we are loved. (Victor Hugo, Les Misérables)
July 12, 2017
An unexamined life makes real prayer impossible.
June 15, 2017
Think twice before speaking. Think three times before meeting. Like words, your countenance cannot be rescinded. Sometimes what has not been said can never be made right.
June 13, 2017.
There is no might have been, only today, unfolding, and a tomorrow waiting to be shaped.
June 7, 2017.
“Yes, God tempts – with “equality,” with every virtue that allows itself to be used for other purposes than His glory. The more He demands of us, the more dangerous the raw materials He has given us for our achievement.” (Dag Hammarskjöld, Markings.)
May 1, 2017
“For if you forgive others their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you.; but if you do not forgive others, neither will your Father forgive you.” This ominous passage follows the Lord’s prayer in Matthew 5. Attempts to soften it are legion; unfortunately, it’s petty clear. When Jesus invites us to pray, “And forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us,” he means it. Injuries are real, hurt feelings persist. But moving forward in life often depends on our ability to transcend the past. That means forgiveness. Jettison the grudges. Easy? No. Decisive? Yes.
(April 25, 2017)
Carl Jung, one of the founders of modern psychiatry, wrote: ” Every form of addiction is bad, no matter whether the narcotic be alcohol or morphine or idealism.” No addiction is as pervasive as the unexamined idea, whether political or religious, that instinctively defends against all criticism while refusing any form of reflection. Such ideas do not uphold us, they drag us down into the irrational. How many Christian beliefs do I hold that would not stand examination if I honestly put them under the microscope of Scripture?
(April 24, 2017)
In The Wisdom of the Desert, Thomas Merton writes: “It was said of Abbot Agatho that for three years he carried a stone in his mouth until he learned to be silent.” That seems a little extreme to me, but James reminds us that the tongue can be a dangerous thing. “How much wood is kindled by how small a fire!” Carrying a stone in your mouth might not be a good idea. Learning the at of silence is. How often have I thought too late, I wish I hadn’t said that.
(April 22, 2017)
Advice from Sirach, one of the intertestamental books we seldom read:
“And heed the counsel of your own heart,
for no one is more faithful to you than it is.
For our own mind sometimes keeps us better informed
than seven sentinels sitting on a high tower.
But above all pray to the Most High
that he may direct your way in truth.” (Sirach 37: 13-15)
A poetic way of stating the obvious. We mostly know the right answers to our dilemmas, we just don’t like that answer, but when we don’t know, follow the advice of James. “If anyone of you is lacking in wisdom, ask God, who gives to all generously and ungrudgingly, and it will be given you.” Just saying …
(April 21, 2017)