"The power that created the universe and spun the dragonfly's wing and is beyond all other powers holds back, in love, from overpowering us...the passionate restraint and hush of God."
"None of you can pray a psalm if you have not
previously made the words of the psalm
"Humility is the root, mother, nurse, foundation, and bond of all virtue." John Chrysostom
"Waiting patiently in expectation is the foundation of the spiritual life." Simone Weil
"All day long I feel created. I can see the blown dust on the skin on the back of my hand, the tiny trapezoids of chipped clay, moistened and breathed alive."
Very Bread, Good Shepherd Tend Us by Healey Willan
Very Bread, Good Shepherd, tend us,
Jesu of thy love befriend us;
thou refresh us, thou defend, us
thou eternal goodness send us
in the land of life to see.
Thou who all things canst and knowest,
who on earth such food bestowest,
grant us with thy saints, though lowest,
where the heavenly feast thou showest,
fellow heirs and guests to be.
Archbishop Desmond Tutu taught us as we questioned whether it was any of our business whether there was apartheid in Africa or not, 'when an elephant steps on the tail of a mouse and you say, 'I do not intend to take sides in this situation,' you have already taken the side of the elephant.' patience does not lie in ignoring the obvious; it lies in calling attention to it whether we can change it or not." Joan Chittister
Taking up the Cross
"What does taking up one's cross mean!"
My Dear it means simply that you are to go the road which you see to be the straight one: carrying whatever you find is given you to carry, as well and stoutly as you can; without making faces or calling people to come and look at you. Above all, you are neither to load or unload, yourself; nor cut your cross to your own liking. Some people think it would be better for them to have it large; and many, that they could carry it much faster if it were small; and even those who like it largest are usually very particular about its being ornamental, and made of the best ebony. But all that you have really to do is to keep your back as straight as you can; and not think about what is upon it--above all, not to boast of what is upon it."
"One of the worst things a friend can say is what Peter said. We weren’t friends exactly. Acquaintances might be a better word. Actually, we just worked together. For the same company, I mean. Not together, just near each other. My desk was near his. I really don’t know him at all."
"A cross and nails are not always necessary. There are a thousand ways to kill him, some of them as obvious as choosing where you will stand when the showdown between the weak and strong comes along, others of them as subtle as keeping your mouth shut when someone asks you if you know him."
Barbara Brown Taylor
This Bread I Break
This bread I break was once the oat,
This wine upon a foreign tree
Plunged in its fruit;
Man in the day or wind at night
Laid the crops low, broke the grape’s joy.
Once in this wine the summer blood
Knocked in the flesh that decked the vine,
Once in this bread
The oat was merry in the wind;
Man broke the sun, pulled the wind down.
This flesh you break, this blood you let
Make desolation in the vein,
Were oat and grape
Born of the sensual root and sap;
My wine you drink, my bread you snap.