Friday, October 05, 2007


"There are two ways to get enough. One is to continue to accumulate more and more. The other is to desire less."
- G.K.Chesterton

"This is what you should do:
Love the earth and sun and animals,
Despise riches, give alms to everyone that asks,
Stand up for the stupid and crazy,
Devote your income and labour to others,
hate tyrants,
Argue not concerning God,
Have patience and indulgence toward the people...
Re-examine all you have been told in school or church or in any book,
Dismiss what insults your very soul,
And your flesh shall become a great poem."
- Walt Whitman (Preface, Leaves of Grass)

"Just how would you demonstrate to others that you are true disciples and followers of Christ except by feeding the hungry, giving drink to the thirsty, clothing the naked, sheltering the poor, comforting the sick and imprisoned, washing feet and showing love for one another?"
- Leonhard Schiemer, CE 1527.

"The most beautiful and most profound emotion we can experience is the sensation of the mystical. It is the source of all art and science. So to whom this emotion is a stranger, who can no longer wonder and stand rapt in awe, is as good as dead; [their] eyes are closed."
- Albert Einstein

"Those who believe they believe in God but without passion in the heart, without anguish of mind, without uncertainty, without doubt, and even at times without despair, believe only in the idea of God, and not God [in Godself]."
- Madeleine L'Engle

(Hat-tips to Karin McDonald and to Tim Chesteron. Jesus Icon image (c) from Ancient Sculpture Gallery, with thanks)

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