Such was my experience at the Abbey last week. My Bible, journal and favorite pen (a Bic four-color fine tipped instrument) accompanied me just about everywhere I went. Much time was spent at a dining table between the hours of 4:30 a.m and 7:00 breakfasts, and outdoors in a chair overlooking the gardens throughout the morning and again in the early evenings. A library of reading material was available and many of my sentences came from the books I read. Here are only a few of the jottings from my journal pages.
- Vacare Deo - totally free to the Lord today.
- "Lord, let me seek you by wanting you, and let me want you by seeking you. Let me find you by loving you, and by loving you, find you." (Anselm)
- Don't pray for water. Pray for thirst.
- Christians are not entitled - but endowed.
- Compassion is to suffer with--NOT give solutions!
- Learn to do a common thing in an uncommon manner (George Washington Carver, I think)
- Saints are those who judge possibilities and choices by asking, "What is this in reference to eternal life?"
- Nequid nemis - "Nothing in excess." (Terence)
- "There is nothing as out of place in a Christian as excess." (St. Benedict)