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invicem sunt

I am blessed to be a witness
Apr 22 '14
If you are stone, be magnetic;
if a plant, be sensitive;
if you are human, be love.
— Victor Hugo (via songnsilence)

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Apr 21 '14
God has not forgotten the man to whom He sends suffering and trials, but in this way is proving His closeness to him.
— St. John Chrysostom (via jcassian)

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Apr 20 '14
He who has really grasped what Jesus said can appreciate his silence.
— St. Ignatius of Antioch, Epistle to the Ephesians (via yuri-rimsky)

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Apr 19 '14
Pascal set this out in his famous argument of the wager with an almost uncanny clarity and an acuteness verging on the unbearable. The verbal strife with the unbelieving interlocutor has finally reached the point at which the latter admits that he must make a choice about God.
But he would like to avoid the leap, to possess a mathematical certainty: “Is there no way of illuminating the darkness and of seeing the face of the cards?”
“Yes, Scripture and all the other testimony of religion.”
“Yes, but my hands are tied and my lips are closed; I am so made that I cannot believe. What am I to do?”
“So you admit that your inability to believe does not come from reason; on the contrary: reason leads you to belief; the reason for your refusal lies elsewhere. There is therefore no point in trying to convince you any further by piling up the proofs of the existence of God; you must above all fight against your passions. You would like to reach faith, but you do not know the way? You want to cure yourself of unbelief, and you ask for a remedy? Take a lesson from those who were earlier racked by doubts like yourself; Follow the way by which they began; by acting as if they believed, by taking holy water, by having Masses said, and so on. This will bring you quite naturally to believe and will fill you with wonder.”
— from “Introduction to Christianity” by Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger (Pope Benedict XVI) and Pascal’s Pensees fragment 233 (via greluc)

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Apr 18 '14
This is an important thing, which I have told many people, and which my father told me, and which his father told him. When you encounter another person, when you have dealings with anyone at all, it is as if a question is being put to you. So you must think, What is the Lord asking of me in this moment, in this situation? If you confront insult or antagonism, your first impulse will be to respond in kind. But if you think, as it were, This is an emissary sent from the Lord, and some benefit is intended for me, first of all the occasion to demonstrate my faithfulness, the chance to show that I do in some small degree participate in the grace that saved me, you are free to act otherwise than as circumstances would seem to dictate. You are free to act by your own lights. You are freed at the same time of the impulse to hate or resent that person. He would probably laugh at the thought that the Lord sent him to you for your benefit (and his), but that is the perfection of the disguise, his own ignorance of it.
— Marilynne Robinson, Gilead

Apr 17 '14
…falling in love […] I felt, for the first time in my life, like I was being fully possessed by being itself. ‘Joy is the overflowing consciousness of reality,’ [Simone] Weil writes, and that’s what I had, a joy that was at once so overflowing that it enlarged existence, and yet so rooted in actual things that, again for the first time, that’s what I began to feel: rootedness.
— Christian Wiman

Apr 16 '14
The reason why God is such a great Lover of humility is that He is a great Lover of truth. Humility is in fact truth, while pride is nothing but lying.
— St. Vincent de Paul (via treasured-wealth)

(Source: saintquotes)

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Apr 15 '14
Come, Holy Spirit,
bending or not bending the grasses,
appearing or not above our heads in a tongue of flame,
at hay harvest or when they plough in the orchards or when snow
covers crippled firs in the Sierra Nevada.
I am only a man: I need visible signs.
I tire easily, building the stairway of abstraction.
Many a time I asked, you know it well, that the statue in church
lifts its hand, only once, just once, for me.
But I understand that signs must be human,
therefore call one man, anywhere on earth,
not me—after all I have some decency—
and allow me, when I look at him, to marvel at you.
— By Czeslaw Milosz, translated by Czeslaw Milosz and Robert Pinsky, Berkeley, 1961

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Apr 15 '14
It is necessary to repeat the truth over and over again, because the falsehoods around us are also being constantly repeated, not by individuals but by the masses, in newspapers and encyclopedias, in the schools and at the universities. Everywhere, falsehood is on top, comfortable and secure in the knowledge that the majority is on its side.

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

(via hierarchical-aestheticism)

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Apr 15 '14
Something I find regrettable in contemporary Christianity is the degree to which it has abandoned its own heritage, in thought and art and literature. It was at the center of learning in the West for centuries—because it deserved to be. Now there seems to be actual hostility on the part of many Christians to what, historically, was called Christian thought, as if the whole point were to get a few things right and then stand pat. I believe very strongly that this world, these billions of companions on earth that we know are God’s images, are to be loved, not only in their sins, but especially in all that is wonderful about them. And as God is God of the living, that means we ought to be open to the wonderful in all generations.

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