October 30, 2010
October 21, 2010
We have had terrible experience of the psychic power which can produce effects such as the possession by devils of a whole people. But we have less experience of the psychic powers which console and strengthen and fill our minds with peace, which encourage the despairing and drive out hatred and envy and the will to hurt others. Although, thank God, most of us have known someone with this psychic power, though perhaps it seemed to us to have only a small field of activity - a family, a circle of friends, at the best a people. But perhaps we are wrong; perhaps the power which proceeds from good men and women is too subtle for us with our limited abilities to understand. Perhaps its waves are like the light-waves and sound-waves of which our eyes and ears only perceive a small part.
-Sigrid Undset, Catherine of Siena
October 19, 2010
October 17, 2010
October 16, 2010
October 14, 2010
The good Jesus, then, has taught us a sublime method of prayer, and begged that, in this our life of exile, we may be like the angels, if we endeavour, with our whole might, to make our actions conform to our words - in short, to be like the children of such a Father, and the brethren of such a Brother.
- The Way of Perfection by St. Teresa of Avila
I'm not deeply religious, but that strikes me as a nice way of putting things. I think I have a new favorite book.