Thoughts to Ponder ~ 9

July 8, 2011 at 3:05 am (Thoughts to Ponder) (, , , , , , , , , , )

Only the hand that erases can write the true thing.  ~ Meister Eckhart ~

He who seeks God in some external routine will find the routine and lose God.  ~ Meister Eckhart ~

How can we ever be sold short, or cheated, we who for every service have long ago been overpaid?  ~ Meister Eckhart ~

O faithful conscience delicately pure, how doth a little failing wound thee sore!  ~ Dante Alighieri ~

For silence is not God, nor speaking; fasting is not God, nor eating; solitude is not God, nor company; nor any other pairs of opposites. He is hidden between them and cannot be found by anything your soul does, but only by the desire of your heart.  ~ Cloud of Unknowing ~

Truth is the highest thing that man may keep.  ~ Geoffrey Chaucer ~

Reason in man is rather like God in the world.  ~ Thomas Aquinas ~

Anyone who is not burning will not be able to set anyone else on fire.  ~ Peter of Rheims ~

(Christ speaks) I am concealing myself from you so that you may discover by yourself what you are without me.  ~ Margaret of Cortona ~

This morning my soul is greater than the world, since it possesses you, whom heaven and earth cannot contain.  ~ Margaret of Cortona ~

Love made me like the hazel trees, which blossom early in the season of darkness, and bear fruit slowly.  ~ Hadewijch of Brabant ~

Every creature is a divine word because it proclaims God.  ~ Bonaventure ~

Since happiness is nothing but the enjoyment of the highest good, and since the highest good is above, then no one can be happy unless he rise above himself, not by a physical ascent, but by an ascent of the heart.  ~ Bonaventure ~

If you wish to know how such things come about, consult grace, not doctrine; desire, not understanding; prayerful groaning, not studious reading; the Spouse, not the teacher; God, not man; darkness, not clarity.  ~ Bonaventure ~

Exalted, drawn, and absorbed into uncreated Light, I beheld that which cannot be related.  ~ Angela of Foligno ~

Confession must be our own: we must expose no one except ourselves, as far as possible.  ~ Ancrene Riwle ~

If you are wise you will show yourself rather as a reservoir than a canal. For a canal spreads abroad the water it receives, but a reservoir waits until it is full before overflowing, and thus shares without loss to itself its superabundance of water.  ~ Bernard of Clairvaux ~

We are like dwarfs on the shoulders of giants: we can see more than they can, and things further off, not because we are keener-sighted or physically distinguished, but because we are being carried high, lifted up by their great size.  ~ Bernard of Chartres ~

The first key to wisdom is assiduous and frequent questioning. For by doubting we come in enquiry and by enquiry we arrive at the truth.  ~ Peter Abelard ~

Nobody can fight properly and boldly for the faith, if he clings to a fear of being stripped of earthly possessions.  ~ Peter Damian ~

God often works more by the illiterate seeking the things that are God’s than by the learned seeking the things that are their own.  ~ Anselm of Canterbury ~

O Christ, the ocean of our forgiveness, allow me to wash off in you the dirt I am clothed in, so that I may become resplendent in the raiment of your holy light.  ~ John the Elder ~

The “fall” began with Satan’s jealousy of God. So if you find within you envy or jealousy brews – remember the author of these – and send them back unprinted on the pages of your heart.  ~ Lisa VanValkenburgh ~

We cannot grieve except that He has, does, and did so first – so when we feel a loss that wells the soul into agony – we are in His Light…grieving more than the one simple act or incident at a time – but feel a simple small part of the Larger Whole. The grief – even this belongs to Him – flows from Him and it is an anointing! So much we are bathed in Blood. Not less the blood of the physical body – as more the Blood of the soul. There are corpses everywhere – the Holocaust is not at quits, so much more the Blood that covers us. More that, because it transfuses – breathes the life – to cover over the soul in more than second chances.  ~ Lisa VanValkenburgh ~

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