papal namesakes being not-indifferent to each other…
“No act of virtue can be great if it is not followed by advantage for others. So, no matter how much time you spend fasting, no matter how much you sleep on a hard floor and eat ashes and sigh continually, if you do no good to others, you do nothing great.”
“Indifference to our neighbor and to God also represents a real temptation for us Christians. Each year during Lent we need to hear once more the voice of the prophets who cry out and trouble our conscience.”
“Principles are like prayers: very noble indeed, but awkward at a a party.”
Driving back from hospital visits today, I was listening to our country music station. How often does a popular song articulate the call of ministry?
“Never let your prayin’ knees get lazy, and love like crazy.”
“…when we are securely rooted in personal intimacy with the source of life, it will be possible to remain flexible without being relativistic, convinced without being rigid, willing to confront without being offensive, gentle and forgiving without being soft, and true witnesses without being manipulative.” Henri Nouwen on contemplative prayer & Christian leadership, from In the Name of Jesus