Quotes That I Have Gathered – P

Paradise

What is Paradise? All things that are; for all are goodly and pleasant, and therefore may fitly be called a paradise. It is said also that Paradise is an outer court of heaven. Even so, this world is verily an outer court of the Eternal or of eternity, and especially whatever in time or any temporal things or creatures manifests or reminds us of God or eternity; for the creatures are a guide and a path unto God and eternity. thus this world is an outer court of eternity, and therefore it may well be called a paradise, for it is such in truth. . . . [o]f all things that are, nothing is forbidden and nothing is contrary to God but one thing only: that is self‑will, or to will otherwise than as the Eternal Will would have it.

Theologia Germanica.

Peace

Pope’s Peace Points of Christmas, 1940, as extended by letter in The Times 21 December 1940 of the English church leaders:

1. The crying inequality in the standard of life and possessions must be abolished;

2. Every child, of whatever race or color, is to have the same opportunities for education;

3. The family is to be protected as a social unit;

4. The consciousness of divine calling is to be restored to human work;

5. The natural treasures of the earth are to be safeguarded, with due regard to future generations, as God’s gifts to all mankind.

Edwin Robertson, The Shame and the Sacrifice

The perfect state of mind and body and speech . . . is always a case of intense mental struggle.

Gandhi

Philosophy

There can be no successful democratic society till general education conveys a philosophic outlook.

Whitehead, Adventures of Ideas

[Philosophy] is a survey of possibilities and their comparison with actualities. . . . Its gifts are insight and foresight, and a sense of the worth of life, in short, that sense of importance which nerves all civilized effort. . . . But when civilization culminates, the absence of a coordinating philosophy of life, spread throughout the community, spells decadence, boredom, and the slackening of effort.

Whitehead, Adventures of Ideas

Rideau says in The Thought of Teilhard de Chardin we should remember, however, that one of the properties of every philosophy is that it bears the mark of one man’s character, and reflects a personal choice.

Philosophy is an attempt to develop a coherent understanding of the whole of human experience as reflected in man’s relationship to the world. J. Wesley Robb, The Reverent Skeptic

J. Wesley Robb, The Reverent Skeptic, quotes E.S. Brighton: “Philosophy differs from religion in that religion consists of attitudes of concern, devotion or worship, and conduct, whereas philosophy is a rational understanding. . . .

” It is not the function of philosophy ‑ so they maintain ‑ teach something that uneducated people do not know; on the contrary, its function is to teach superior persons that they are not as superior as they thought they were, and those who are REALLY superior can show their skill by making sense of common sense.

Bertrand Russell’s Best, edited by Robert E. Egner

Love and knowledge and delight in beauty are not negations; they are enough to fill the lives of the great men that have ever lived.

Bertrand Russell’s Best, edited by Robert E. Egner

Philosophy, catch phrases

One would think that Descartes lived just to emit a line of staggering profundity: “I think, therefore I am.” . . . I find it difficult to be impressed by “I think, therefore I am.” One might as well say, “I have a toothache, therefore I exist.” These catchwords are tricky things, I don’t think they serve the cause of creative thought in philosophy.

Albert Schweitzer

Philosophy, definition of

[Philosophy is in the field of speculation where one goes out to look for oneself what the world is, and what it is about. It asks the following questions:]

1. . . . [W]hat is the meaning of life, if indeed it have any at all. Has the world a purpose, does the unfolding of history lead somewhere, or are these senseless questions?

2. There there are problems such as whether nature really is ruled by laws, or whether we merely think this is so because we we like to see things in some order. Again, there is the general query whether the world is divided into two disparate parts, mind and matter, and, if so, how they hang together.

3. And what are we to say of man? Is he a speck of dust crawling helplessly on a small and unimportant planet, as the astronomers see it? Or is he, as the chemist might hold, a heap of chemicals put together in some cunning way? Or finally, is a man what he appears to Hamlet, noble in reason, infinite in faculty? Is man, perhaps, all of these at once?

4. Along with this are the ethical questions about good and evil. Is there a way of life that is good, and another that is bad, or is it indifferent how we live?

Bertrand Russell

Philosophy, and observation

J. Bronowski, The Ascent of Man, is critical of philosophers who claim they have a better road to knowledge than that of observation. He particularly attacked Hegel, who had attempted to prove philosophically there could only be seven planets ‑ as the eight was discovered.

Philosophy, universal phenomenology

Reality presents itself to experience as an immense sum of phenomena, belonging to different levels of beings, and forming one organic structural whole, potentially intelligible. . . . Phenomenology is positive and scientific. But it goes beyond to the logical reason for the real and finds the ultimate criterion of truth in the “total coherence of the universe. . . . It is inspired by fundamental choice: the affirmation of being.

Emily Rideau, The Thought of Teilhard de Chardin

The time of the world, far from being an indefinite oscillation or flow, is a genesis and its passage is not the logical unfolding of something pre‑contained but the creative new production of an increase of being.

Emily Rideau, The Thought of Teilhard de Chardin

Phenomenology must necessarily be universal and synthetic of the whole. It rejects dualism of matter and spirit: it affirms a fundamental link between man and the world, body to soul.

Emily Rideau, The Thought of Teilhard de Chardin

Teilhard de Chardin’s phenomenology includes

1. cosmology ‑ natural philosophy of matter and life based upon data of science

2. anthropology ‑ science of man, his nature and existential vocation

3. metaphysics ‑ science of the origin of being and the absolute conditions of existence: here philosophy affirms God by reason

4. Ontology ‑ science of being, of its degrees or levels (Teilhard calls them spheres)

5. Theology ‑ science of what we receive from revelation. In Teilhard, theology is carried further by spirituality

Emily Rideau, The Thought of Teilhard de Chardin

Teilhard’s quest has an existential character in that it centers on the problem of men’s fulfillment in solidarity with the universe, and defines the conditions of that fulfillment.

Teilhard rejects from the outset the Kantian inquiry, “What can we know?” The world is presented to knowledge, subject to the necessary methods. . . . His ideas do not exist in a world apart from matter, but emanate from observations of matter and experience.

Emily Rideau, The Thought of Teilhard de Chardin

Piety

I acknowledge that you ought not to act before the public a scene of ostentatious conversion, which might produce ill‑natured remarks. True piety never demands these demonstrations. Two things only are necessary; the one is, not to set a bad example, that we may never have to blush for the religion of Jesus; the other is to do without affectation and without eclat whatever a sincere love to God demands.

Francois Fenelon

Power, coercive power and the messianic time

The prophets are revolutionaries who rob force and power of their moral and religious disguises:

“Is not this the fast that I choose: to loose the bonds of wickedness, to undo the thongs of the yoke, to let the oppressed go free, and to break every yoke? Is it not to share your bread with the hungry, and bring the homeless poor into your house; when you see the naked, to cover him, and not to hide yourself from your own flesh? Then shall your light break forth like the dawn, and your healing shall spring up speedily; your righteousness shall go before you, the glory of the Lord shall be your rear guard. Then you shall call, and the Lord will answer: you shall cry, and he will say, Here I am.

“If you take away from the midst of you the yoke, the pointing of the finger, and speaking wickedness, if you pour yourself out for the hungry and satisfy the desire of the afflicted, then shall your light rise in the darkness and your gloom be as the noonday.”

Isaiah 58:1‑10 quoted by Eric Fromm, You Shall Be As Gods

Prayer

You are your prayers. This is why we can pray without ceasing. It is a will toward conformity with God.

Margaret Suchocki

So praying and living deeply, richly, and fully have become for me almost indistinguishable.  Perhaps, I conclude, that is what the apostle Paul meant when he said, “Pray without ceasing” (1 Thess. 5:17 KJV) or “constantly” (RSV).  We are to llive as if everything we say and do is a prayer, calling others to life, to love, and to being.

I can only imagine, I could never guarantee, that when life is lived this way, an enormous amount of spiritual energy is loosened into the body politic of the whole society. I can imagine that this energy is an agent in bringing wholeness and even healing. . . . All I know is that when I express my love, concern, and caring in thought, in word, and in deed, then somehow that expression has the opportunity to make a difference. . . .

Spong, Why Christianity Must Change or Die, pp. 144, 145.

Unnamed sin is perpetuated sin.

Margaret Suchocki

Do not be discouraged at your faults; bear with yourself in correcting them, as you would with your neighbor. Lay aside this ardor of mind which exhausts your body and leads you to commit errors. Accustom yourself gradually to carry prayer into your daily occupations. Speak, move, act in peace, as if you were in prayer. In truth, this is prayer.

Do everything without eagerness, as if by the spirit of God. As soon as you perceive your natural impetuosity impelling you, retire into the sanctuary, where dwells the Father of spirits. Listen to what you hear there, and then neither say nor do anything but what He dictates to your heart.

You will find that you will become more tranquil; that your words will be fewer and more to the purpose, and that with less effort you will accomplish more good. I do not recommend here a perpetual struggle of the understanding for something impracticable, but a habit of quietness and peace in which you may take counsel of God with regard to duty. . . . [W]ait for the favorable moment when the voice within may speak. . . . Endeavor to acquire a habit of looking to this light within you; then all your life will gradually become a prayer. You may suffer, but you will find peace in suffering.

Francois Fenelon

Kinds of prayer:

1. [T]here is one sort of prayer wherein we make use of the voice, which is necessary in public, and may sometimes have its own advantages in private; and

2. another wherein, though we utter no sound, yet we conceive the expressions and form the words, as it were, in our minds;

3. so there is a third and more sublime kind of prayer wherein the soul takes a higher flight, and having collected all its forces by long and serious meditation, it darts (if I may so speak) toward God in sighs and groans and thoughts too big for expression. This mental prayer is of all others the most effectual to purify the soul and dispose it unto a holy and religious temper . . . Yet I do not recommend this sort of prayer to supersede the use of the other; for we have so many things to pray for . . .

Henry Scougal

Prayer of Confession

Sin is a lie. Confessional prayer clears the path. To fail to consciously acknowledge our sin is to endorse the sin by omission.

Margaret Suchocki

The problem with confessing sin is that we must now do something about it. Confession calls us to restitution, correction.

Margaret Suchocki

Preaching

Preaching and teaching are subversive in the best sense: they strike at the roots of what we are.

Bill McElvaney, “Worship and Literature”, Fellowship of Learning, January 1989.

“Preferential option for the poor.”

Friar Richard Rohr, “Breathing Under Water”, Twelve Steps and Spirituality, uses the phrase “preferential option for the poor” in relation to the twelve steps: “Until we recognize, love, forgive and embrace the poor part of yourself, you will not hear the gospel.” . . . The Church rediscovers Christ in the “least of these.” ‑ the only description Christ gave of the end days says we will be judged on the extent in which we saw Christ in “the least of these.” . . . We must discover the “hole in the sole (soul) where we are powerless/life is unmanageable, “I cannot do it.” What is not received is not redeemed. Until the hole in the soul is recognized, named, and owned, we cannot be redeemed.

Prejudice

Perhaps there is scarce any child of man that is not at some time a little touched by prejudice, so far at least as to be troubled, though not wounded. But it does not hurt unless it fixes upon the mind. It is not strength of understanding which can prevent this. The heart, which otherwise suffers most by it,makes the resistance which only is effectual. I cannot easily be prejudiced against any person whom I tenderly love till that love declines.

John Wesley

[Education is not the complete answer to prejudice. Witness Germany. I have said that values are at the root of it. Wesley says it is the heart. Priority of values is determined by need and desire.

RW 3‑28‑92]

Problems

Problems do not go away. They must be worked through or else they remain, forever a barrier to the growth and development of the spirit.

M. Scott Peck, The Road Less Traveled

We cannot solve life’s problems except by solving them. We must accept responsibility for a problem before we can solve it. . . . Many avoid the pain of their problems by saying to themselves: “This problem was caused me by other people, or by social circumstances beyond my control, and therefore it is up to other people or society to solve this problem for me. It is not really my personal problem.”

M. Scott Peck, The Road Less Traveled

 

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