Wise Words on Wednesday: Keeping Up With Your Friends


Even though there is a temptation to compare yourself to celebrities and feel completely inadequate, there is a little bit of a buffer between us and them.

But this is not the case when it comes to jumping on social media and endlessly scrolling through your friends’ lives. The buffer is gone: you know these people, and you see them almost every day. The comparing and competing is no longer just a reality TV; this is your reality – and this time there is no excuse in your mind for not “keeping up”

– Sarah Swafford, Emotional Virtue

Wise Words on Wednesday: Time & Place


Imagine your relationship is like a grand and beautiful house, and in that house there is a fireplace – massive, oak, ornate and stunning. You put the firewood in the fireplace, light the match, and enjoy the warmth and romantic ambiance. The fireplace is marriage – where sex is not only safe and secure but is an incredible gift from God. The fire is our sexual hunger and intimacy; and if it is not used in its right time and setting, it will actually bring gret harm. So, imagine that beautiful house again with no fireplace in it: if you lit a fire in the middle of your living room, you would burn your whole house to the ground.

– Sarah Swafford, Emotional Virtue

Wise Words on Wednesday: Wrapped In Love


“God is our clothing. In His love, He wraps and holds us. He enfolds us for love and will never left us go. We are wrapped and held in the embrace of God’s all-pervasive love for each of us, the love that calls us by name, that makes us precious in God’s sight”

– Julian of Norwich

Wise Words on Wednesday: Earth Crammed with Heaven


“Earth’s crammed with heaven, and every common bush afire with God; But only he who sees, takes off his shoes…”

– Elizabeth Barrett Browning

Wise Words on Wednesday: Permission By Another Name

Gene Wolfe

“Where there is no repentance, forgiveness is only permission by another name.”

– Gene Wolfe, Pirate Freedom

Wise Words on Wednesday: Coffee before prayer

Sheen Preaching

“The average American is physically, biologically, psychologically and neurologically unable to do anything worthwhile before he has a cup of coffee.  And that goes for prayer too.  Even sisters in convents whose rules were written before electric percolators were developed would do well to update their procedures.  Let them have coffee before meditation”

– Fulton J. Sheen, The Priest Is Not His Own

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Wise Words on Wednesday: The Gate of the Year


I said to the man who stood at the Gate of the Year,
‘Give me a light that I may tread safely into the unknown.’
And he replied, ‘Go out into the darkness, and put your hand into the Hand of God.
That shall be better than light, and safer than a known way.’

– Minnie Haskins, “The Gate of the Year” (1908)

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