Favorite Quotes

 
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“He Must Increase, and I must decrease.”
John the Baptist quoted in John 3:30.  

I have often shared that if I were to tattoo anything on my body I would want this verse.  My life’s purpose is to point others in the direction of Jesus Christ so that He rightly takes primacy of place in all of our lives.
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“Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.  We are caught up in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny.  Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly.”
Martin Luther King, Jr. from his Letter from a Birmingham Jail.  April 16, 1963. 

I was three years old and I wouldn’t come to understand the significance of this quote until I was much older.  MLK is saying that we are all connected.  That all of our lives are so intertwined and influenced by the other that an injustice to any one of us affects all of us.  We’re all the Body of Christ.  What impacts one part of the body, impacts all parts of the body.

 
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“There is no use trying,” said Alice; “one can’t believe impossible things.”
“I dare say you haven’t had much practice,” said the Queen. “When I was your age, I always did it for half an hour a day.  Why, sometimes I’ve believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast.”

Lewis Carroll in Through the Looking Glass.   

I dream all the time in my sleep.  It is my hope that my days become filled with as many dreams during my waking hours as during my sleeping ones.
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On March 2, 2014, Pope Francis, an Argentinian by birth, accidentally said a naughty word in one of his weekly blessings. He meant to use the word, “example” and instead slipped up and said a curse word in Spanish, which many Spanish speakers say is a mistake they have made themselves. Within seconds Pope Francis’s mistake was posted on dozens of Italian media websites and YouTube and had gained millions of worldwide hits as the mistake went viral.

Pope Francis maintained his composure despite the slip, quickly correcting himself, as the crowd gathered in St. Peter’s Square and those watching around the world asked themselves, “Did he just say what I think he said?!”

This human moment further endears Pope Francis to me as indeed a true “man of God and man of the people.”  Since his election last year, Pope Francis has shown himself to have the popular touch as he shuns the normal trappings of a pontiff, preferring to live in a modest Vatican hostel for priests. He also has been happy to pick up the phone and call Catholics from all walks of life who have written to him.

Just recently I did a wedding for a couple and I can assure you, the entire time I am with a couple getting married I am saying a silent prayer to myself that I get their names right! Sometimes I have done as many as four weddings in as few as six hours and I have always sort of lived in fear that one I day I would become that priest who screwed up the name of one or both members of the wedding party. With cell phones and video capability available at our fingertips, that slip would make it to America’s Funniest Home Videos in seconds; and I can assure you, it would not have been funny for the couple nor for me! UGH!

So, God bless Pope Francis as he continues to be the Vicar of Christ here on earth. May he continue to show all that priests are human too, even if you happen to become Pope!

 

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The 86th Annual Academy Awards Press Room

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“It doesn’t escape me for one moment that so much joy in my life is thanks to so much pain in someone else’s, and so I want to salute the spirit of Patsey and thank her for her guidance. And to Solomon, thank you for telling her story as well as your own.” 

Lupita Nyong’o in her acceptance speech during the Academy Awards for her win as Best Supporting Actress, March 2, 2014.

I didn’t want to see 12 Years a Slave, but one of my parishioners, a wonderful woman named Margaret, said I must see it, “on behalf of all those whom Lupita represents.” I knew Margaret was right. I waited for the movie to come to cable and I rented it. I saw the movie was 125 minutes in length and from the first five minutes forward the movie was sheer tension as slave upon slave endured one hateful wrongdoing after another. Fear was used as terror, and at an hour into the show I took a break.

Like Lupita, it was not lost on me that I had the luxury to stop the movie, take a walk, and come back to it, while I watched the clock tick ever closer to the final minute so I could walk away from the horror of it all. But I watched every second to pay tribute to the Patseys of this world who lived as a slave. It sickens me to this day that slavery still exists. That we as human beings can still do such a thing to another human being, even with how sophisticated we are supposed to have become.

Lupita went on to say, “When I look down at this golden statue, may it remind me and every little child that no matter where you’re from your dreams are valid.” May my dream of no wars, no slavery, no poverty, no injustice, no hatred, no prejudice, no crime …. one day come true. That is my dream.

 

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4 Comments

  • Meredith Wade says:

    “This is the day the Lord has made. Let us rejoice and be glad in it.”

  • Marianne says:

    “The decision to have a child is the decision to watch your heart walk around on the outside of your body for the rest of your life.”
    I have heard this many times over the past 28 years. I have no idea of its origin, but I do know that truer words have never been spoken.

  • Sean says:

    “THIS TOO SHALL PASS”….
    My Mom would always say this….
    I have no idea where it comes from but I have said this to myself — and others –so
    Many times when things/times were tough and I wanted to run or give up!
    Today’s crisis is tomorrow’s gift….we can grow from the things that are really
    Difficult TODAY in our lives…..they can be the foundation for future spiritual growth….

    Problems….sorrows….confusion….joys….life itself
    THIS TOO SHALL PASS. Amen

  • Rose says:

    “Do what you can with what you have where you are.”
    Theodore Roosevelt

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