“’Don’t be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God, and the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds’ (Phil. 4: 6-7). St. Paul doesn’t promise our prayers will be answered in the way we might want. But he does promise peace. Peace can come in many forms, but especially our feeling a deep sense that God loves us.”
— God Can’t: How to Believe in God and Love after Tragedy, Abuse, and Other Evils by Thomas Jay Oord
“Ram Dass would say, “Don’t just collect the experience, look at it now! Don’t half look at it now and half look at it on Facebook later! Completely surrender to the experience NOW!” You don’t need to remember the names of flowers. There is no test.”
— Comedy Sex God by Pete Holmes
The word enthusiasm comes from ancient Greek—en and theos, meaning God. And the related word enthousiazein means “to be possessed by a god.”
The great arises out of small things that are honored and cared for. Everybody’s life really consists of small things. Greatness is a mental abstraction and a favorite fantasy of the ego. The paradox is that the foundation for greatness is honoring the small things of the present moment instead of pursuing the idea of greatness.
We want to jump up and down, clap our hands, and sing that Jesus is Lord.” My question to such groups is: “What does it mean that Jesus is Lord? What practical consequences does that have for the problems of this world?”
The cosmos is not chaotic. The very word cosmos means order. But this is not an order the human mind can ever comprehend, although it can sometimes glimpse it.
There is nothing wrong with psychoanalysis or finding out about your past as long as you don’t confuse knowing about yourself with knowing yourself.