“The day will come when, after harnessing space, the winds, the tides, and gravitation, we shall harness for God the energies of love. And on that day, for the second time in the history of the world, we shall have discovered fire.”
-- Tielhard de Charin, "The Evolution of Chastity," in Toward the Future, 1936, XI, 86-87
Let nothing disturb you.
Let nothing frighten you.
All things are changing.
God alone is changeless.
Patience attains the goal.
One who has God
Lacks nothing.

God alone fills our needs.
–Saint Teresa of Avila

The presence of God within me
is the only stable center
of my life.
With it
there is nothing
that can destroy me or
leave me bereft,
confound or defeat me.
It is only a matter
of reaching out.
There is nothing to reach for at all.
God is already there.

–Joan Chittister
A man started to break up the earth with a spade.  A fool came and shouted at him, “Why are you ruining the soil?”

“You idiot!” the man cried.  “Go away and don’t bother me!  Understand the difference between destruction and growth.”

How could this soil become a rose garden or wheat field before it’s broken up and ruined and made ugly?

How could it become orchards and harvests and leaves and fruit before it is utterly destroyed and worn down?

Before you pierce an abscess with a knife, how can it heal and how can you regain your health?

Until the doctor purifies your humors with his cures, how can your illness disappear and true healing arrive?

When a tailor cuts up a cloth, piece by piece, does anyone go up to her and strike her and say, “Why have you torn up this beautiful satin; What can I do with scraps of torn-up cloth?”

Each time that builders come to repair an old building, don’t they begin by destroying what was there before? Look at the carpenter or the blacksmith or the butcher, with them too, you’ll find that destruction precedes renewal.  If you do not subject wheat to the grinding millstone, how will bread ever come to decorate your table?

The problem with goodness
is that it can become so dull,
so functional, so scripted, so smothering
that we lose touch entirely
with all the other ways
God has of showing us
what life is really all about.

Play a little. Laugh more. Try new things.
Walk through strange places.

God is waiting for you to find divinity
where you have never thought it could be.

God is waiting for you
to become spiritual
as well as simply good.

Joan Chittister