“We are masters of the unsaid words,
but slaves of those we let slip out.”
Winston S. Churchill
Almighty God, you have created us out of the dust of the earth: Grant that these ashes may be to us a sign of our mortality and penitence, that we may remember that it is only by your gracious gift that we are given everlasting life; through Jesus Christ our Savior.
Remember that you are dust, and to dust you shall return.
Selection from the Ash Wednesday liturgy, taken from The Book of Common Prayer, 1979.
Need-love cries to God from our poverty; Gift-love longs to serve, or even to suffer for, God; Appreciative love says: “We give thanks to thee for thy great glory.” Need-love says of a woman “I cannot live without her”; Gift-love longs to give her happiness, comfort, protection — if possible, wealth; Appreciative love gazes and holds its breath and is silent, rejoices that such a wonder should exist even if not for him, will not be wholly dejected by losing her, would rather have it so than never to have seen her at all.
C. S. Lewis
The Four Loves
“Boyhood is a most complex and incomprehensible thing. Even when one has been through it, one does not understand what it was. A man can never quite understand a boy, even when he has been the boy.”
G. K. Chesterton
The Autobiography of G. K. Chesterton
(I found this quote in a book I just began reading, Wild Things: The Art of Nurturing Boys, which was highly recommended to us be a few of our friends with boys. I like it already, since one of the authors has a set of twin boys! Once I finish it, I’ll try to write out my thoughts about it.)
“In the world it is called Tolerance, but in hell it is called Despair, the sin that believes in nothing, cares for nothing, seeks to know nothing, interferes with nothing, enjoys nothing, hates nothing, finds purpose in nothing, lives for nothing, and remains alive because there is nothing for which it will die.”
Dorothy L. Sayers