In order to understand the world, one has to turn away from it on occasion.
The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched. They must be felt with the heart.
Prayer is as natural an expression of faith as breathing is of life.
Within you there is a stillness and sanctuary to which you can retreat at any time and be yourself.
A spiritual retreat is medicine for soul starvation.
Through silence, solitary practice, and simple living, we begin to fill the empty reservoir.
This lifts the veils, dissolves the masks, and creates space within for the feelings of forgiveness, compassion, and loving kindness that are so often blocked.
~David A. Cooper
Despite everything, I believe that people are really good at heart.
The face is the mirror of the mind, and eyes without speaking confess the secrets of the heart.
Pastoral ministry … seeks to abandon the complacent attitude that says: “We have always done it this way”. I invite everyone to be bold and creative in this task of rethinking the goals, structures, style and methods of evangelization in their respective communities. A proposal of goals without an adequate communal search for the means of achieving them will inevitably prove illusory … The important thing is to not walk alone, but to rely on each other as brothers and sisters, and especially under the leadership of the bishops, in a wise and realistic pastoral discernment.
You pay God a compliment by asking great things of Him.
~St. Teresa of Avila
Don’t let lack of training stop you from evangelizing … rather, each of us should find ways to communicate Jesus wherever we are. All of us are called to offer others an explicit witness to the saving love of the Lord, who despite our imperfections offers us his closeness, his word and his strength, and gives meaning to our lives.