December 2016

If we aspire to less than we can be, we will get exactly that.

The size of our futures depends on the size of our dreams.

Our dreams are the path to a new kind of present. They not only show us what we seek; they show us what it will take to get there. Most of all, they make the length and difficulty of the journey worthwhile.

Joan Chittister, The Art of Life: Monastic Wisdom for Every Day, 47-50.



The Solitude of Night

The problem with this culture may well be that we have destroyed night. Even night is all light and noise and activities now. . . . The loss of night is a loss of human soul, I think, which means that if we do not have it naturally, we need to create it for ourselves: television and computers off, lights out, extra hours of quiet. Then maybe we can find the inside of ourselves again and the voice of God that echoes there so much more clearly than anywhere else.

Joan Chittister, The Art of Life: Monastic Wisdom for Every Day, 37

To be seventy years young is sometimes far more cheerful and hopeful than to be forty years old.

Oliver Wendell Holmes

A person should hear a little music, read a little poetry, and see a fine picture every day of life in order that worldly cares do not obliterate the sense of the beautiful that God has implanted in the human soul.

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe