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Avarice, greed, concupiscence and so forth are all based on the mathematical truism that the more you get, the more you have. The remark of that it is more blessed to give than to receive is based on the human truth that the more you give away in love, the more you are. It is not just for the sake of other people that tells us to give rather than get, but for our own sakes too.

    Topics: Giving

Coincidences are God's way of getting our attention.

    Topics: God

In his holy flirtation with the world, God occasionally drops a handkerchief. These handkerchiefs are called saints.

    Topics: God

It is as impossible for man to demonstrate the existence of God as it would be for even Sherlock Holmes to demonstrate the existence of Arthur Conan Doyle.

    Topics: God

Martin Luther said once, 'If I were God, I'd kick the world to pieces.' But Martin Luther wasn't God. God is God, and God has never kicked the world to pieces. He keeps re-entering the world. He keeps offering himself to the world by grace, keeps somehow blessing the world, making possible a kind of life which we all, in our deepest being, hunger for.

    Topics: God, Life
    Source: From discussion with reporter Kim Lawton on Religion and Ethics NewsWeekly

The grace of God means something like: Here is your life. You might never have been, but you are because the party wouldn't have been complete without you.

    Topics: Grace

Grace is something you can never get but can only be given. There's no way to earn it or deserve it or bring it about anymore than you can deserve the taste of raspberries and cream or earn good looks.

    Topics: Grace
    Source: Wishful Thinking

If you want to be holy, be kind.

    Topics: Holiness, Kindness

In the long run, there can be no joy for anybody until there is joy finally for us all.

    Topics: Joy

Laugh till you weep. Weep till there's nothing left but to laugh at your weeping. In the end it's all one.

    Topics: Laughter

[T]he Gospel writers are not really interested primarily in the facts of the birth but in the significance, the meaning for them of that birth just as the people who love us are not really interested primarily in the facts of our births but in what it meant to them when we were born and how for them the world was never the same again, how their whole lives were charged with new significance.

    Topics: Life
    Source: The Hungering Dark

If you were aware of how precious today is, you could hardly live through it. Unless you are aware of how precious it is, you can hardly be said to be living at all.

    Topics: Life

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