Monday, January 23, 2006

Back to Work

Monday Morning. It is cold outside. My beloved Broncos lost yesterday. I have back to back meetings all day today. I need to get excited about the day but I am not there yet.

I have been re-reading something I read the other day in my morning reading. I wish I could tattoo it on my heart.

The saints are what they are, not because their sanctity makes them admirable to others, but because the gift of sainthood makes it possible for them to admire everybody else. It gives them a clarity of compassion that can find good in the most terrible criminals. It delivers them from the burden of judging others, condemning other men. It teaches them to bring the good out of others by compassion, mercy and pardon. A man becomes a saint not by conviction that he is better than sinners but by the realization that he is one of them, and that all together need the mercy of God!

Thomas Merton, New Seeds of Contemplation, p. 57

8 comments:

Sam said...

I hope excitement came and it was wonderful!

Shannon said...

I am dying to know... ???

Shannon said...

OH I am sorry about your Broncos... LOL ahahhahha just kidding... GO SEAHAWKS!!!!! wooohooo... and how awesome of a quote...

dAAve said...

The quote doesn't sound like the words coming from the Catholic church these days. I'm not Catholic, but I do know they tell us (gays) that we're going to hell simply because they don't like what God created in us.
I have a hard time giving them any credit for integrity when I hear words like that.
Sorry. Just my opinion. I'll shut up.

Mary Christine said...

Anyone who tells someone else they are going to hell has a real problem. And I do mean ANYONE.

NMAMFQLMSH said...

Sorry about your Broncos. But how were the cheesecakes? lol.
I see you,
JJ

Mary Christine said...

Thank you JJ. The cheesecakes were great. The fellowship was great. The game was painful. Denver is a city in mourning this week. I am sure you understand.

Blue said...

Lovely quote, New Seeds of Contemplation happens to be one of my favorite books... too bad I didn't have that one close for the quiz