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We can get little flashlights at the Dollar Tree.  But, beacons give more light.  So, take advantage of these folks’ reflections.

  • Everything should be made as simple as possible – but no simpler.
  • The true measure of who you are is how you treat someone who can do you absolutely no good (Samuel Johnson)
  • A belief that God acts with purpose in this world must lead to attempts, however feeble, to discern how my own actions might be attuned to God’s one action. (William Barry in Presence)
  • Your profession is not what brings home your weekly paycheck; your profession is what you’re put here on earth to do – with such passion and such intensity it becomes a spiritual calling. (Vincent van Gogh, quoted in Edward C. Sellner, Mentoring)
  • Discerning and acting on God’s will does not mean you’ll never have difficult days or feel lousy sometimes. But choosing to live in alignment with God makes you more joyful, compassionate, and peaceful, even on bad days. (Debra K. Farrington in Hearing with the Heart)
  • God guides us first through his Word, then through our heartfelt desires, then the wise counsel of others, and then our circumstances. At that point we must rely on our own sound judgment… . God gave each of us a brain, and he expects us to put it to good use. (Bruce K. Waltke, Finding the Will of God)
  • A talent may be so great that it propels a person forever down one path, as is the case with some artists. But even for these extraordinary folk, call determines whether and how they use their gifts. (Elizabeth O’Connor, Cry Pain, Cry Hope)
  • Life is like a parachute jump.  You have to get it right the first time.(Margaret Mead)
  • The fact that I think that I am following your will does not mean that I am actually doing so. But I believe that the desire to please you does in fact please you. (Thomas Merton, Thoughts in Solitude)
  • In His will is our peace. (Dante, The Divine Comedy: Paradise)
  • The Church must be reminded that it is not the master of the state, but rather the conscience of the state.  It must be the guide and the critic of the state, never its tool. (Martin Luther King, Jr, Strength to Love)
  • That cannot be a true religion which needs carnal weapons to uphold it. (Roger Williams, The Bloody Tenet of Persecution.)
  • Modern people worship at the temple of science, but science tells us only what is possible, not what is right. (Milton Eisenhower)
  • Living on earth is expensive, but it does include a free trip around the sun every year,
  • We could learn a lot from crayons: some are sharp, some are pretty, some are dull, some have weird names, and all are different colors….but they all have to learn to live in the same box.
  • Everything should be made as simple as possible, but no simpler.
  • Killing one man is murder; killing thousands is a statistic. (Robert F. Kennedy)
  • Lack of preparation on your part does not constitute an emergency on my part.
  • Law is restraint and absence of restraint is anarchy. (Benjamin Cardoza)
  • What’s life?  Playing a violin solo in public and learning the instrument as one goes on. (Samuel Butler)
  • Men in power are so anxious to establish the myth of infallibility that they do their utmost to ignore truth.  (Boris Pasternak)
  • Money and time are the heaviest burdens of life, and the unhappiest of all mortals are those who have more of either than they know how to use. (Samuel Johnson)