Challenging Thoughts for the Gospel read on Sunday, June 30, 2019

The Russian physiologist, Ivan Pavlov, who became famous for his conditioning experiments with dogs, said “Science demands from a man all his life.” 

In Man and Superman, George Bernard Shaw said, “The true artist will let his wife starve, his children go barefoot, his mother drudge for his living at seventy, sooner than work at anything but his art.”

So we should not think it odd that God would demand all of our lives.

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He who offers to God a second place

offers him no place.

John Ruskin

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There are plenty to follow our Lord half-way, but not the other half. 

They will give up possessions, friends, honors,

but it touches them too closely to give up themselves.

Meister Eckhart

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As they stood in front of the great cathedral at Amiens, a friend asked Heinrich Heine why no one was building great cathedrals anymore.  Heinrich replied:

“Cher ami, it’s really very easy. 

In those days people had convictions;

we moderns have opinions,

and it takes more than opinion to build a Gothic cathedral.”

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The great use of a life

is to spend it for something that outlasts it.

William James

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