Wednesday, 25 December 2013

God's plan

He devised a plan, a great and wonderful plan, and shared it only with his Son. As long as he preserved this secrecy and kept his own wise counsel he seemed to be neglecting us, to have no concern for us. But when through his beloved Son he revealed and made public what he had prepared from the very beginning, he gave us all at once gifts such as we could never have dreamt of, even sight and knowledge of himself.

Epistle to Diognetus

Saturday, 14 December 2013

Sharing goodness

Those who are learned will be as radiant as the sky in all its beauty; those who instruct the people in goodness will shine like the stars for all eternity.

Benedictus antiphon for a Doctor of the Church. See http://www.ibreviary.org/en/

Wednesday, 11 December 2013

Prayer is like...

Prayer is like sleeping: it can come over you, come when sought or seem to elude capture.  It is also like drinking: vital for the individual but better in company.

Christopher Howse in the Daily Telegraph, 5.12.13

Saturday, 7 December 2013

Reading and refreshing

He who reads much and understands much, receives his fill. He who is full, refreshes others. So Scripture says: If the clouds are full, they will pour rain upon the earth.

St Ambrose, Epist. 2

Thursday, 5 December 2013

Joining hearts

The preacher has the wonderful but difficult task of joining loving hearts, the hearts of the Lord and his people

Pope Francis, Evangelii Gaudium (143). Thanks to A Minor Friar blog