July 14, 2019

Friends ,

As you know, I periodically share other’s wisdom with you. My reading gives me insight into other peoples’ life experiences. I used to underline profound statements as I read a book but after many years I realized I very rarely, if ever, return to the text and probably couldn’t remember where it was anyway. So now I try to write down something that touches me deeply for whatever reason. I also figure if it made me think differently or challenged me emotionally or spiritually, then it may be worth bringing it to you. Sometimes I will include the author, other times I don’t but either way these are not my original thoughts but they resonate with me.

  • “There is no King who has not had a slave among his ancestors, and no slave who has not had a King among his.” Helen Keller
  • “Poverty exists not because we cannot feed the poor, but because we can not satisfy the rich”
  • “We must take sides. Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim-silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented.” Eli Weisel
  • “Without grace and forgiveness, everything human devolves into smallness, hurt, victimhood and blame. When you stop all weighing and measuring, you are finally in the infinite ocean of grace. God is not very good at math-and does not even know how to count.” Richard Rohr
  • Instead of saying that God came into the world through Jesus, maybe it would be better to say Jesus came out of an already Christ-soaked world.” Richard Rohr
  • Remember, the only thing that separates you from God is the thought that you are separated from God.” Richard Rohr
  • Our shadows are often behind us, where others can see them better than we can.” Richard Rohr
  • “What do they know of England, who only England know.” Rudyard Kipling
  • Church building- “it is a beautiful place to rest but it is not the best place to stay.”
  • “The first act of creation is destruction.” e.e. cummings
  • “Jesus says, ‘There is only one sign I’m going to give you: the sign of the prophet Jonah. Sooner or later, life is going to lead us (as it did Jesus) into the belly of the beast, into a situation that we can’t fix, can’t control, and can’t explain or understand. That’s where transformation most quickly happens. That’s when we are uniquely in the hands of God.” Richard Rohr
  • “A difference between science and religion: Science (practical seeing) Religion (holistic seeing)”
  • “The stages of intimacy: glance-curiosity-dialogue-combustion-the leap-crisis-forgiveness-fusion”
  • Some of these thoughts may be deeper than others so feel free to reread them and think about the message.

On a lighter note, this is my favorite: “Take my advice: I’m not using it” John Mullen

Enjoy life!
Father Coyne

 

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