‘Almost’ … a big word for me

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“Almost.  It’s a big word for me.  I feel it everywhere.  Almost home.  Almost happy.  Almost changed.  Almost, but not quite.  Not yet.  Soon, maybe.”

~ Joan Bauer, Almost Home

Suffering, a reality of the human condition

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“Suffering is the reality of the human condition and the beginning of true spiritual life.”

~Fr. Seraphim Rose

(art: Save Me From My Demons, by J. Kirk Richards)

Asking for a miracle…

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A contemporary of the Russian novelist, Dostoyevksy, whose name was Turgeniev, wrote that, “whatever a man prays for he prays for a miracle.  Every prayer,” he said, “reduces itself to this: ‘Great God, grant that twice two not be four.'”

~ Harold J. Sala
Touching God
52 Guidelines for Personal Prayer

Most widely spread vice on earth…

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“Lust is an inordinate desire of unlawful pleasures. It is a vice most widely spread in the world; one that is most violent in its attacks, most insatiable in its cravings. Hence St. Augustine says that the severest warfare which a Christian has to maintain is that in defense of chastity, for such combats are frequent, and victories rare.”

~ Venerable Louis of Granada,
The Sinner’s Guide, Chapter 32