How can the heart travel to God, when it is chained by its desires?
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.
If I had to choose a religion, the sun as the universal giver of life would be my god.
Faith is the art of holding on to things your reason has once accepted, in spite of your changing moods.
Once you have surrendered yourself, you make yourself receptive. In receiving from God, you are perfected and completed.
Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement. Nothing can be done without hope and confidence.
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.
All religion, my friend, is simply evolved out of fraud, fear, greed, imagination, and poetry.
If you have a particular faith or religion, that is good. But you can survive without it.
There is only one Christ, Jesus, one faith. All else is a dispute over trifles.
The legitimate powers of government extend to such acts only as are injurious to others. It does me no injury for my neighbor to say there are twenty gods or no god. It neither picks my pocket nor breaks my leg.
The glory of Christianity is to conquer by forgiveness.
Sir, my concern is not whether God is on our side; my greatest concern is to be on God's side, for God is always right.
Give us this day our daily faith, but deliver us, dear God, from belief.
Being spiritual has nothing to do with what you believe and everything to do with your state of consciousness.
The greatest quality of a man is to treat his enemies in a better way, for Allah himself showed kindness to his unbelievers.
We need to find God, and he cannot be found in noise and restlessness. God is the friend of silence. See how nature - trees, flowers, grass- grows in silence; see the stars, the moon and the sun, how they move in silence... We need silence to be able to touch souls.
He is not strong and powerful who throweth people down; but he is strong who witholdeth himself from anger
God is a circle whose center is everywhere and circumference nowhere.
Religion is the sigh of the oppressed creature, the heart of a heartless world, and the soul of soulless conditions. It is the opium of the people.
I have been all things unholy. If God can work through me, He can work through anyone.