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Category: Quotations

Kindness is lik…

Kindness is like snow. It beautifies everything it covers.

(Dubiously?) Attributed to Kahlil Gibran

“I have never c…

“I have never caused anyone to weep. I have never spoken with a haughty voice. I have never made anyone afraid. I have never been deaf to words of justice and truth.”

Egyptian Book of the Dead

“The best gift …

“The best gift a man can give to his children is to love their mother.”

Attributed to Archbishop Fulton Sheen

You can’t forge…

You can’t forget yourself if you’re constantly trying to justify your relations with other people. Self-justification is really a matter of not wanting to believe that you are loved. If I do not believe I am loved, I’m going to want to be justified. If no one else justifies me, I will justify myself, usually by trying to dominate everyone else. This is the bane of everything. When you’re confident that you are loved, you have no need to show God or anyone else why you should be loved. You do not have to justify yourself.

 

Thomas Merton

Do you want to …

Do you want to be a saint? Be kind. Be kind. Be kind.

A medieval mystic

The universe is…

The universe is not going to see someone like you again in the entire history of creation.

Varton Gregorian

Take care, take…

Take care, take care never to shut your heart against anyone.

Bl. Peter Favre, S.J. 

God, an elderly…

God, an elderly Jesuit once suggested to me, is something like an old carpenter in a small village in Vermont. If you ask the townspeople where to turn for carpentry work or repairs, they will say, “There’s only one person to call. He does excellent work. He’s careful, he’s precise, he’s conscientious, he’s creative, he makes sure that everything fits, and he tailors his work exactly to fit your needs. There’s just one problem: he takes forever!”

Rev. James Martin, S.J., in The Jesuit Guide to (Almost) Everything

Think of all th…

Think of all the beauty still left around you and be happy.

Anne Frank

Lord, please le…

Lord, please let me be half the man my dog thinks I am.

Anonymous