Prayer is a special exercise of faith. Faith makes the prayer acceptable because it believes that either the prayer will be answered, or that something better will be given.
(Martin Luther King)
God changes not what is in a people, until they change what is in themselves.
It must not be assumed that it is only through the order and finality of the universe that one comes to the Creator; one can also come to the knowledge of the light through shadows.
(Bishop Fulton J. Sheen)
Who sees his Lord within every creature, deathlessly dwelling amidst the mortal: that man sees truly.
One thing we know: our God is also your God. The earth is precious to him and to harm the earth is to heap contempt on its creator.
There is no God higher than truth.
When I am prey of terror and fear, I shall bless Him... when I am in distress, I shall praise Him. And when He saves me, I shall shout out with joy.
(Dead Sea Scrolls)
What is man without the beasts? If all the beasts were gone, men would die from great loneliness of spirit, for whatever happens to the beasts also happens to the man.
Faith is the proof of what cannot be seen. What is seen gives knowledge, not faith.
(Pope Gregory I)
Tears are often the telescope through which men see far into heaven.
(Henry Ward Beecher)
You pray in your distress and in your need; would that you might pray also in the fullness of your joy and in your days of abundance.
Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God.
To everything there is a season, and a time to every purpose under heaven. A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted...
All things should be done decently and in order.
(1 Corinthians 14:40)
Freedom and liberty lose out by default because good people are not vigilant.
(Archbishop Desmond Tutu)
If you talk to God you are praying; if God talks to you you have schizophrenia.
You will know the truth, and the truth will make you free.
Whatever it is that unitarians see when they have a near death experience, I just saw it... I saw something non denominational and benevolent.
Keep interested in others; keep interested in the wide and wonderful world. Then in a spiritual sense you will always be young.
I feel no need for any other faith than my faith in human beings. Like Confucius of old, I am so absorbed in the wonder of earth and the life upon it that I cannot think of heaven and angels.
(Pearl S. Buck)
It may be that religion is dead, and if it is, we had better know it and set ourselves to try to discover other sources of moral strength before it is too late.
(Pearl S. Buck)
The miracle, or the power, that elevates the few is to be found in their industry, application, and perseverance under the prompting of a brave, determined spirit.
The search for God is like riding around on an Ox hunting for the Ox.
The only thing that stops God from sending another flood is that the first one was useless.
Lord, lord, lord. Protect me from the consequences of the above prayer.
Every time you don't follow your inner guidance, you feel a loss of energy, loss of power, a sense of spiritual deadness.
When we talk to God we are praying; when God talks to us, we are schizophrenic.
God is not love. God is not loving. God is someone loving something, or something loving someone.
God punishes us mildly by ignoring our prayers and severely by answering them.
(Richard J. Needham)