There is a justifiable reaction against a type of religion which imposed rigid restrictions on any kind of rational enjoyment, while it left men free to exploit one another and to make life hideous in the race for wealth.
Silence, I discover, is something you can actually hear.
The Catholic ideal is to order the whole of life towards unity, not by the denial and destruction of the natural human values, but by bringing them into living relation with spiritual truth and spiritual reality.
Relying on God has to begin all over again every day as if nothing had yet been done.
It is quite useless knocking at the door of heaven for earthly comfort. It's not the sort of comfort they supply there.
While you are proclaiming peace with your lips, be careful to have it even more fully in your heart.
The whole secret of existence is to have no fear. Never fear what will become of you, depend on no one. Only the moment you reject all help are you freed.
There are two kinds of people: those who say to God, 'Thy will be done,' and those to whom God says, 'All right, then, have it your way.'
Faith is the great cop-out, the great excuse to evade the need to think and evaluate evidence. Faith is the belief in spite of, even perhaps because of, the lack of evidence.
Though wrong gratifies in the moment, good yields its gifts over a lifetime.
The more powerful and original a mind, the more it will incline towards the religion of solitude
We are all atheists about most of the gods that societies have ever believed in. Some of us just go one god further.
The theological virtue of charity is the mysterious power, communicated by grace, to love as God loves.
My idea of heaven is a place where the Tyne meets the Delta, where folk music meets the blues.
One of the things that is wrong with religion is that it teaches us to be satisfied with answers which are not really answers at all.
Everyone who has ever built anywhere a 'new heaven' first found the power thereto in his own hell.
If only God would give me some clear sign! Like making a large deposit in my name in a Swiss bank.
I would rather live my life as if there is a God and die to find out there isn't, than live my life as if there isn't and die to find out there is.
When a woman rises up in glory, her energy is magnetic and her sense of possibility contagious.
The ink of the scholar is more sacred than the blood of the martyr.
Once you have surrendered yourself, you make yourself receptive. In receiving from God, you are perfected and completed.