Etty’s quotes:

For a whole year now I have been working at the quiet space within me, so that it has now expanded into a great hall, palpably present.

Spiritual riches lie within grasp, but they are left unused and unguarded, are carelessly scattered about. It is depressing, it is tragicomic. I don’t know what kind of mad house this really is, but I know that no human being can flourish here.

But still, I have grown quite a bit, I have tilled a little bit more land, although vast tracks still lie fallow.

You are still asking for too much if you expect to live on the peaks and if you feel you’re being short-changed whenever life is a bit dull and ordinary or just seems difficult.

I do not claim that we must look upon pain as perfection. Indeed, we must do all we can to rid ourselves of it. But we must be acquainted with pain. Real man is neither master of his pain, nor a fugitive from it, nor its slave: he must be pain’s redeemer.”
Suares on Dostoevsky, from Etty’s Diaries

Where does tolerance stop and spinelessness begin?

We go too far in fearing for our unhappy bodies, while our forgotten spirit shrivels up in some corner.

Here are the other great quotes that I’ve compiled over the years. I hope you enjoy them as much as I do.

“You will know great sorrow and in that sorrow you will find happiness. Seek happiness through sorrow. Work and work without rest.”
The Elder, The Brothers Karamazov

“Well, life isn’t always what one likes, is it?”
Gregory Peck to Audrey Hepburn, Roman Holiday

“And I don’t mind at all if you poke fun at me; indeed, it pleases me, so go ahead and laugh. But while you laugh like a little girl, you think like a martyr.”
Alyosha to Lise, The Brothers Karamazov

Each member of the body is a vital conduit between those who know Christ and those who do not. The church is not elitist; it is elected by Christ and empowered by Spirit to be leaven for the world.
Fr. William M. Joensen

All following quotes by Sean Patrick O’Malley, Archbishop of Boston:

To build a Catholic fraternity, we live by dying to self.

Christ is the bridegroom not the widower! He lives with and is a part of His Church.

The lockbox of beauty, thin-ness and wealth is just a blue trash bin (I love this one!!!!!).

Christian means “anointed”.

The momentum of the gospel is from self-centeredness to other-centeredness.

Jesus is present to us in the least of our brothers and sisters and each one has a claim on our love. Therefore, the gospel of life will always be the centerpiece of the Church.

On Calvary there were few people, because it takes great courage to stand by the cross.
When you suffer you are the wounds on the body of Christ.

You as an anointed one are always to embrace inclusiveness, kindness and service.

Worship is saying yes to God continually. Worship is warfare. (Personal meditation):Walking with fear invites the devil into your life and only perfect love can cast out fear. Therefore, you will lose your fear through love of God and love of neighbor.

You don’t judge a tree by the Church it joins but by the fruit that it bears.

Delight yourself in the Lord and He will fulfill all the desires of your heart.

God has not given you the spirit of fear but of love, of power and of sound mind. It is not the will of the Lord that you be confused or troubled!

Perhaps the reason that there is a lack of true joy and sense of urgency among Christians is that they want a discipleship that costs them nothing. The unspoken and admired sins of our age are materialism and increasing wealth.

What are you doing trusting in the facts that other tell you? What has that got to do with God’s power to do what He wills? Believe anything can happen and it will.

Easter now unlocks Good Friday because grace is stronger than fate.

God’s spirit is on the loose in creation. It is the vanguard of the Church going out before the Church and leading it back into the order of creation.

Institutions like people are earthen vessels; they leak, they break, they wear out. It’s right for us to use them to make life fairer for people. But we never trust the institution. It’s not institutions that can sustain our moral vision. For us, that comes only from knowing Christ and having tasted the kingdom that’s already coming. In this way, we can be confident that God brings peace and justice to everyone and yet humble about our role in that process.

It’s enormously important for us to make common cause with earthly institutions of power because often they can save us from hell, from the worst outcomes of human action. But we have to remember that they can’t get us to heaven. As a church we need enough humility and love to work as partners with earthly rulers or whatever is the next step that can make the world more just. But we always do so out of the hope and passion of the world that is to come.


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