we are dying

ND Wilson, Notes from the Tilt-a-Whirl

We are dying. We must die. The road is well traveled. We need not fear the dark, for the way is lit with Christmas lights.


extraordinary things

GK Chesterton, The Everlasting Man

We know… that extraordinary things do happen; that queer creatures support themselves in the empty air by beating it with fans of various fantastic shapes; that other queer creatures steer themselves about alive under a load of mighty waters; that other queer creatures walk about on four legs, and that the queerest creature of all walks about on two.


you learn to love by loving…

Francis de Sales
You learn to speak by speaking,
to study by studying,
to run by running,
to work by working;
and just so, you learn to love by loving.
All those who think to learn in any other way deceive themselves.


Life, believe, is not a dream…

Charlotte Bronte, from “Life”

Life, believe, is not a dream
So dark as sages say;
Oft a little morning rain
Foretells a pleasant day.
Sometimes there are clouds of gloom,
But these are transient all;
If the shower will make the roses bloom,
O why lament its fall?


for want of wonder

GK Chesteron, Tremendous Trifles

The world will never starve for want of wonders; but only for want of wonder.


real forgiveness…

CS LEWIS, “On Forgiveness
The Weight of Glory

Real forgiveness means looking steadily at the sin, the sin that is left over without any excuse, after all allowances have been made, and seeing it in all its horror, dirt, meanness, and malice, and nevertheless being wholly reconciled to the man who has done it. That, and only that, is forgiveness…
To excuse what can really produce good excuses is not Christian charity; it is only fairness. To be a Christian means to forgive the inexcusable, because God has forgiven the inexcusable in you.