If, as I can't help suspecting, the dead also feel the pains of separation (and this may be one of their purgatorial sufferings), then for both lovers, and for all pairs of lovers without exception, bereavement is a universal and integral part of our experience of love.
Much of the modern resistance to chastity comes from men's belief that they ''own'' their bodies -- those vast and perilous estates, pulsating with the energy that made the worlds, in which they find themselves without their consent and from which they are ejected at the pleasure of Another!
I believe in Christianity as I believe in the rising sun; not because I see it, but by it I can see all else.
Category: Christians And Christianity
Courage is not simply one of the virtues but the form of every virtue at the testing point, which means at the point of highest reality.
If we really think that home is elsewhere and that this life is a ''wandering to find home,'' why should we not look forward to the arrival?
Category: Death And Dying
It is hard to have patience with people who say ''There is no death'' or ''Death doesn't matter.'' There is death. And whatever is matters. And whatever happens has consequences, and it and they are irrevocable and irreversible. You might as well say that birth doesn't matter.
Category: Death And Dying
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.''
We were promised sufferings. They were part of the program. We were even told, ''Blessed are they that morn.''
The task of the modern educator is not to cut down jungles, but to irrigate deserts.
All that is not eternal is eternally out of date.
The salvation of a single soul is more important than the production or preservation of all the epics and tragedies in the world.
Faith... is the art of holding on to things your reason once accepted, despite your changing moods.
You ask whether I have ever been in love: fool as I am, I am not such a fool as that. But if one is only to talk from first-hand experience, conversation would be a very poor business. But though I have no personal experience of the things they call love, I have what is better -- the experience of Sappho, of Euripides, of Catallus, of Shakespeare, of Spenser, of Austen, of Bronte, of anyone else I have read.
Category: Fools And Foolishness
Friendship is unnecessary, like philosophy, like art. It has no survival value; rather it is one of those things that give value to survival.
Category: Friends And Friendship
I do not believe one can settle how much we ought to give. I am afraid the only safe rule is to give more than we can spare.