PARADOXICAL

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Tuesday, June 16, 2009

 

Godless days


Without God, our every week would be: Sinday, Mournday, Tearsday, Wasteday, Thirstday, Fightday, and Shatterday.


Monday, June 15, 2009

 

M.’s questions


Is there a boundary between spiritual faith and intellectual faith? Is there a boundary between waiting for a miracle and working on it? Is there a boundary between hoping and facing reality?


(My answer later.)


 

On (Christian) suffering


A profound truth we easily forget:

Instead of asking, ‘What did I do to deserve this?’, we can ask, ‘Why did God think so highly of me that He invited me to the dignity of the cross?’ – Fr. Jude Winkler via WAU


 

Ending and beginning


If you’re looking for a happy ending and you couldn’t find one, find a new beginning. (via Ian)


 

SMSs


I lean upon You as my support, O Supreme Lord God. I exist only by Your power. – Sri Guru Granath Sahib (via Mel)

To be conscious of knowing God is to know about God and self. – Meister Eckhart (via Mel)

There are many of us who are willing to do great things for the Lord, but few of us are doing little things. – Anon. (via Mel)

Never give up in whatever you believe, in whatever you aim, in the things you have prayed for, and never stop trusting God. For great things happen when we almost feel like giving up. (via Malou)

When you love someone, spare a little love for yourself, enjoy other things around you, and don’t ever let your world revolve around him/her. (via Ian)

Don’t let your problems being you down. Plants may need lots of rain and dirt to grow, too. (via Ian)


Two oddities make a normality. It works in mathematics, as in life. – Timepiece by Richard Paul Evans (via Mike)

The spiritual journey is not a career or a success story. It is a series of humiliations of the false self that becomes more and more profound. - Fr. John Keating in The Human Condition (via Malou)


 

Losing and gaining


Everything that you lose has its own way of returning back to you. The funny thins is its not always the way you expect it. Sometimes, it’s even more. ...for God cannot be outdone in generosity.


 

Strength in weakness


Sometimes the best way to be strong is to admit that you are weak, that you can’t do everything on your own. When you are experiencing pain, don’t ignore it though it’s embarrassing. Look at it. Don’t deny what you see, whether it be good or otherwise. Because what you see is a real part of who you are and that is where you will find God at work, and that is where you will find your way to Him. -Anon. (via Malou)


Tuesday, June 09, 2009

 

My life's gameplan


In planning my life, I'm half-Coveyan and half-Prince Serendip. I'm open to both structure and amorphousness, certainty and unpredictability. I thought that's an ideal, a balance, a practicality. But to Saint Paul, even planning for one's life is not the Christian ideal:

"St. Paul's plan of living greatly contributed to his succes: he had no plan at all. His way had been prepared by God before the world was made." (Meyer)


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