“Amantes, ut apes,
vitam melitam exigunt”
I don’t suppose anyone planned to give up this much for Lent!
How rare it is to find a soul quiet enough to hear God speak.
– Archbishop Francis Fenelon
“A teacher is one who attempts to re-create the subject in the student’s mind, and his strategy in doing this is first of all to get the student to recognize what he already potentially knows, which includes breaking up the powers of repression in his mind that keep him from knowing what he knows.” — The Great Code – Northrop Frye
The feud between the capitalist and laborer, the house of Have and the house of Want, is as old as social union, and can never be entirely quieted; but he who will act with moderation, prefer fact to theory, and remember that very thing in this world is relative and not absolute, will see that the violence of the contest may be stilled.
– George Bancroft
You cannot get out of a chronic situation without going through an acute phase.
- Rabbi Edwin Friedman
Never mistake mental activity for thinking.
– Rabbi Edwin Friedman
When I rise up
Let me rise up with joy
like a bird
When I fall
Let me fall
Like a leaf
This short prayer, one of the Sayings and Prayers of the Mad Farmer, by Wendell Berry is a favorite of mine. I have quoted it at many funerals in the past thirty-eight years of my priesthood. It re-framed walking through the dead and dying leaves of fall.
Among all my patients in the second half of life – that is to say over thirty-five – there has not been one whose problem in the last resort that was that of finding a religious outlook on life. Carl Jung – Psychotherapist of the Clergy (1923)