Quotes from Lent 2011

“Wherever there are divisions which persist,
there is sure to be something of value on both sides.”

— William Temple in The Church Looks Forward

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“You shall love your crooked neighbor with your crooked heart.”

— W.H. Auden in “As I Walked Out One Evening”

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“How can I love my neighbor as myself
when I need him as my enemy –
when I see in him the self I fear to own
and cannot love?

How can there be peace on earth
while our hostilities are our most
cherished possessions?”

Eris Symens Abbott in Love’s Redeeming Work

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“Like so many of our problems anger is a cry for love,
for care, for a presence. Once we know we are loved
and understood, much of our anger disappears.”

— David Adam in The Road of Life: Reflections on Searching and Longing

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“If I am appreciated for what I do, what I achieve,
I am not in fact unique since someone else can do the same,
and probably do it better than I…
This is the self that so often leads me into activity
to prove my value.”

— Esther de Waal in Living With Contradiction: An Introduction to Benedictine Spirituality

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“Somewhere in the middle…there are those of us who,
like me, simply don’t know all the answers
to the myriad problems facing us.
We are not, however, without a compass.
We have our list of basics too.
Prayer and worship are central to us,
and our hesitancy about quick answers to difficult issues
has more to do with reverence for mystery
than with absence of conviction.”

— Alan Jones in Common Prayer on Common Ground

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“The death of personal anger…means getting rid of
the psychic hurricanes which always have self at the center
and which dissipate our real strength and in which
we cannot be quiet with God.”

— Evelyn Underhill

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“Stop grieving for the dead,
and do something for the living.”

— The voice A. Toomer Porter heard at his son’s grave in Led On! Step by Step

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“Anyone who has ever looked hope in the face will never forget it.”

— Octavio Paz in The Labyrinth of Solitude

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“People are encouraged to measure life by what they have done and not for who they are.

We, who minister, need to offer more stillness and peace to our people.”

 — David Adam in The Road of Life: Reflections on Searching and Longing

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[T]he deepest notes within us and between us in our world are not discord. They form an ancient harmony.”

— Philip Newell in Christ of the Celts: The Healing of Creation

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“The spiritual world is much nearer to us than we can possibly conceive.”

 — A. Toomer Porter in Led On! Step by Step

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“We believe in belief but don’t believe…”

 — Charles Wright in Black Zodiac

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“Church life is sure to contain many things we do not like.”

 — Evelyn Underhill in The Mount of Purification