Over the coming months I will continue to add quotations to this section that speak to what is at the core of ‘Encounter the Heart’!
“What you do with your heart affects the whole Universe!”
I first heard this quote used by my Congregational Leader – Br Philip Pinto. But I have heard it attributed to others.
“He departed from our sight that we might return to our hearts and find Him there!”
St Augustine of Hippo
Live simply so that others may simply live.
“Fear not, the good seed will grow in the children’s hearts later on!”
Blessed Edmund Rice
“It is only with the heart that one can see rightly, what is essential is invisible to the eye!”
“It is the time that you have wasted with your rose that makes your rose so important!”
The Little Prince, by Antoine de Saint-Exupery
“The poor need help today, not next week!”
Catherine McAuley foundress of the Sisters of Mercy
“It’s all so simple and makes perfect sense – life is temporary and fragile, precious beyond measure, and life contains nothing except this moment – this beautiful bright river of experience This is all there is and this is where fulfilment lies and everything else is only a shadow play of the mind.” The Shock, by Steve Taylor
“Everyone has a map in his heart of his own country and the heart will never allow you to forget this map!”
Alexander McCall Smith
The most difficult thing – but an essential one – is to love life, to love it even while you suffer, because life is all, life is God, and to love life is to love God.
Leo Tolstoy – War and Peace
“The essence of all spirituality is presence, a state of consciousness and that transcends thinking!”
“I wish I could show you, when you are lonely or in darkness, The Astonishing Light of your own Being!”
“Doesn’t everything die at last, and too soon? Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?”
Mary Oliver – The Summer Day
“God acts in the simplicity of open hearts!”
Pope Francis – Let us Dream
“We need a culture of encounter where we meet as people with a shared dignity!”
Pope Francis – Let us Dream
“Thou hast made me known to friends whom I knew not. Thou hast given me seats in homes not my own. Thou hast brought the distant near and made a brother of the stranger. I am uneasy at heart when I have to leave my accustomed shelter; I forgot that there abides the old in the new, and that there also thou abidest.
Through birth and death, in this world or in others, wherever thou leadest me it is thou, the same, the one companion of my endless life who ever linkest my heart with bonds of joy to the unfamiliar. When one knows thee, then alien there is none, then no door is shut. Oh, grant me my prayer that I may never lose the bliss of the touch of the One in the play of the many”.