Friday, January 9, 2009


Imagine a man in whom the tumult of the flesh goes silent, in whom the images of earth, of water, of air, and of the skies cease to resound. His soul turns quiet and, self-reflecting no longer, it transcends itself. Dreams and visions end. So too does all speech and every gesture, everything in fact which comes to be only to pass away. All these things cry out: "We did not make ourselves. It was the Eternal One who made us." ~ St. Augustine

The better friends you are, the straighter you can talk, but while you're on nodding terms, be slow to scold. ~ St.Francis Xavier

Give up yourself and you will find your real self. Lose life and you will save it. Submit to death, death of your ambitions and favorite wishes every day, and death of your whole body in the end: Submit with every fiber of your being and you will find eternal life. Keep nothing back. Nothing that you have not given away will ever really be yours. Nothing that has not died will ever be raised from the dead. Look for yourself, and you will find, in the long run, only hatred, loneliness, despair, rage, ruin and decay. But look for Christ and you will find him, and with him everything else thrown in. ~ C.S.Lewis

September 12. 1869. At 11:30 in the morning, the Lord granted me the grace of love for my enemies. I felt it in my heart. ~ St.Anthony Mary Claret

The more I examine the universe and the details of its architecture, the more evidence I find that the universe in some sense must have known we were coming. ~ Freeman Dyson

All things are simply God to you, who see God in all things. You are like someone who looks for quite a while at the sun, and afterwards sees the sun in whatever he looks at.
~ Meister Eckhart

I leave you with John Taverner's Song for Athene.

John Taverner: Song For Athene - Choir Of New College Oxford - Various Artists


Shirley said...

Officially Tom in Vegas now! Allright! Sometimes change can help you to move forward.
Thanks for the quotes; I particularly like the one from CS Lewis. And again, beautiful music; that made my morning.

Tracy said...

Fantastic post Tom!!