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Some of the most beautiful people I know

It does seem a strange thing to count suffering as joy, yet there's a truth here in that suffering helps to build one's character. Some of the most beautiful people I know are those who have passed through the flames and come out strengthened. If it happens to clay, why shouldn't it happen to us.
~ Macrina Wiederkehr in OPEN WIDE MY HEART

The very act of continuing something

We become better at something in ourselves—more skilled, more creative, more effective—when we work. We discover that, indeed, we are good for something. Good work is, at the time, its own kind of asceticism. It needs no symbolic rituals or contrived penances.

The very act of continuing something until we succeed at it is soul-searing, life-changing enough... It makes us equal partners with the rest of the human race in this one common endeavor to grow the globe to wholeness. Good work is our gift to the future. It is what we leave behind—our persistence, our precision, our commitment, our fidelity to the smallest and meanest of tasks that will change the mind of generations to come about our sacred obligation to bear our share of the holy-making enterprise that is work.

~ Joan Chittister in THE MONASTERY OF THE HEART

There seemed no end to the lilies

There seemed no end to the lilies. Day after day from all those miles and leagues of flowers there rose a smell which Lucy found it very hard to describe; sweet—yes, but not at all sleepy or overpowering, a fresh, wild, lonely smell that seemed to get into your brain and make you feel that you could go up mountains at a run or wrestle with an elephant. She and Caspian said to one another, "I feel that I can't stand much more of this, yet I don't want it to stop".

~ C.S. Lewis in VOYAGE OF THE DAWN TREADER

Their fears rest

When children know their differences will be supported by you saying you will never stop trying ways to help them find their very best voice, their fears rest.
~ Peyton Goddard in I AM INTELLIGENT: FROM HEARTBREAK TO HEALING

It isn't enough to talk about peace

It isn't enough to talk about peace. One must believe in it. And it isn't enough to believe in it. One must work at it.
~ Eleanor Roosevelt from 1951"Voice of America" broadcast

Indomitable will

Strength does not come from physical capacity. It comes from an indomitable will.
~ Mahatma Gandhi in NON-VIOLENCE IN PEACE AND WAR

Psalm 35

Pour forth your strength into my heart
That I might stand strong!
Encircle with healing love those
Who persecute me through fear!
And say to my soul,
"I am with you always."
~ Nan Merrill, Psalm 35, in PSALMS FOR PRAYING

Becoming

Peace is a day-to-day problem, the product of a multitude of events and judgements. Peace is not an 'is' it is a 'becoming.'
~ Haile Selassie

Restoring your own soul

Whenever you are creating beauty around you, you are restoring your own soul.
~ Alice Walker

Unless we are creators

Unless we are creators, we are not fully alive... Remember, the root word of humble and human is the same: humus: earth. We are dust. We are created; it is God who made us and not we ourselves. But we were made to be co-creators with our maker.
~ Madeleine L'Engle in WALKING ON WATER
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