Posts Tagged ‘God’

Pray as though everything depended on God. Work as though everything depended on you.

Augustine, Saint

—St. Augustine, A.D. 354-430


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Gratitude to God

We can be thankful to a friend for a few acres, or a little money; and yet for the freedom and command of the whole earth, and for the great benefits of our being, our life, health, and reason, we look upon ourselves as under no obligation.


—Seneca the Younger

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I am still far from being what I want to be, but with God’s help I shall succeed.

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—Vincent van Gogh

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I love the man that can smile in trouble, that can gather strength from distress, and grow brave by reflection. ‘Tis the business of little minds to shrink, but he whose heart is firm, and whose conscience approves his conduct, will pursue his principles unto death.

Paine, Thomas

—Thomas Paine

God is constantly testing us.  That is why we are on this short journey of life—consider earth a proving ground.  The way we act, especially when the going gets tough, judges our character; and the tough times can also be our greatest times of personal and spiritual growth.  As you face the continual challenges of life, identify them for what they are: wonderful opportunities to grow closer to God.


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But where, says some, is the King of America? I’ll tell you Friend, he reigns above, and doth not make havoc of mankind like the Royal Brute of Britain…let it be brought forth, placed on the divine law, the word of God; let a crown be placed thereon, by which the world may know, that so far as we approve of monarchy, that in America THE LAW IS KING.

Paine, Thomas

—Thomas Paine, Common Sense, 1776

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What you are is God’s gift to you, what you become is your gift to God.

von Balthasar, Hans Urs

—Hans Urs on Balthasar

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God gave us the gift of life; it is up to us to give ourselves the gift of living well.



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