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The greatest form of courage

We live in a time when the greatest form of courage is to act as if our lives made a difference.

~ William Sullivan in THE SECRET OF THE INCAS

Fear is such a powerful emotion

Fear is such a powerful emotion for humans that when we allow it to take us over, it drives compassion right out of our hearts.

~ Thomas Aquinas

The plum is for courage

A Japanese friend explained to me... "the plum [is] for courage because the plum puts forth blossoms while the snow is still on the ground."

~ Anne Morrow Lindbergh in GIFT FROM THE SEA

Hope is some extraordinary spiritual grace

Hope is some extraordinary spiritual grace that God gives us to control our fears, not to oust them.

~ Vincent McNabb
From a Friar's Cell
By Fr Vincent McNabb OP, Brother Hermenegild TOSF

A blessing of fear

A blessing of fear in these years is that it invites us to become the fullness of ourselves. It comes to us in the nighttime of the soul to tell us to rise to new selves in fresh and exciting ways—for our sake, of course, but for the sake of the rest of the world, as well.

~ Joan Chittister in THE GIFT OF YEARS

The only courage that is demanded of us

At the bottom the only courage that is demanded of us is to have courage for the most strange, the most singular, and the most inexplicable that we may encounter. That humankind has in this sense been cowardly, has done life endless harm; the whole so-called "spirit-world," death, all those things that are so akin to us, have by daily parrying been so crowded out of life that the senses with which we could have grasped them are atrophied. To say nothing of God.
~ from LETTERS TO A YOUNG POET by Rainier Maria Rilke
Letters to a Young Poet
By Rainer Maria Rilke

Life shrinks or expands

Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one's courage.
~ Anais Nin

It is as if God planted a great big kiss in the middle of our spirit

It is as if God planted a great big kiss in the middle of our spirit and all the wounds, doubts, and guilt feelings were healed at the same moment. The experience of being loved by the Ultimate Mystery banishes every fear.

~ Thomas Keating

Let nothing disturb you

Let nothing disturb you;
Let nothing make you afraid;
All things pass;
Yet God is unchanging.
Patience
Is enough for everything.
You who have God
Lack nothing.
God alone is sufficient.
~ Teresa of Avila

The enemy is fear

The enemy is fear. We think it is hate; but it is really fear.
~ Gandhi
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