The truth is like a lion; you don’t have to defend it. Let it loose; it will defend itself.
There is no saint without a past, no sinner without a future.
Because God has made us for Himself, our hearts are restless until they rest in Him.
To fall in love with God is the greatest romance; to seek him the greatest adventure; to find him, the greatest human achievement.
Take care of your body as if you were going to live forever; and take care of your soul as if you were going to die tomorrow.
A Christian is: a mind through which Christ thinks, a heart through which Christ loves, a voice through which Christ speaks, and a hand through which Christ helps.
If God seems slow in responding, it is because He is preparing a better gift. He will not deny us. God withholds what you are not yet ready for. He wants you to have a lively desire for His greatest gifts. All of which is to say, pray always and do not lose heart.
Hope has two beautiful daughters; their names are Anger and Courage. Anger at the way things are, and Courage to see that they do not remain as they are.
What does love look like? It has the hands to help others. It has the feet to hasten to the poor and needy. It has eyes to see misery and want. It has the ears to hear the sighs and sorrows of men. That is what love looks like.
Faith is to believe what you do not see; the reward of this faith is to see what you believe.
In order to discover the character of people we have only to observe what they love.
If you believe what you like in the gospels, and reject what you don’t like, it is not the gospel you believe, but yourself.
Remember this. When people choose to withdraw far from a fire, the fire continues to give warmth, but they grow cold. When people choose to withdraw far from light, the light continues to be bright in itself but they are in darkness. This is also the case when people withdraw from God.
God of our life, there are days when the burdens we carry chafe our shoulders and weigh us down; when the road seems dreary and endless, the skies gray and threatening; when our lives have no music in them, and our hearts are lonely, and our souls have lost their courage. Flood the path with light, run our eyes to where the skies are full of promise; tune our hearts to brave music; give us the sense of comradeship with heroes and saints of every age; and so quicken our spirits that we may be able to encourage the souls of all who journey with us on the road of life, to your honor and glory.
God provides the wind, Man must raise the sail.
It is no advantage to be near the light if the eyes are closed.
He who has God has everything; he who has everything but God has nothing.
If you are silent, be silent out of love. If you speak, speak out of love.
Trust the past to the mercy of God, the present to His love, and the future to His providence.
Pray as though everything depended on God. Work as though everything depended on you.
Love is a temporary madness. It erupts like an earthquake and then subsides. And when it subsides you have to make a decision. You have to work out whether your roots have become so entwined together that it is inconceivable that you should ever part. Because this is what love is. Love is not breathlessness, it is not excitement, it is not the promulgation of promises of eternal passion. That is just being in love which any of us can convince ourselves we are. Love itself is what is left over when being in love has burned away, and this is both an art and a fortunate accident.
Two criminals were crucified with Christ. One was saved; do not despair. One was not; do not presume.
Bad times, hard times, this is what people keep saying; but let us live well, and times shall be good. We are the times: Such as we are, such are the times.
Patience is the companion of wisdom.
There is no love without hope, no hope without love, and neither hope nor love without faith.