You cannot grow a beard in a moment of passion.
Exactly at the instant when hope ceases to be reasonable it begins to be useful.
Just going to church doesn’t make you a Christian any more than standing in your garage makes you a car.
To have a right to do a thing is not at all the same as to be right in doing it.
My dear, marriage is an adventure, like going to war. You go in with the youth and enthusiasm that only foolish youth can bring; you don’t know better after-all. And you leave wounded, traumatized, and disfigured. And those that have never experienced it tell you it can’t be that bad… Oh, how little they know.
Madness does not come by breaking out, but by giving in; by settling down in some dirty, little, self-repeating circle of ideas; by being tamed.
Referring to St. Francis
He was lifted at his own request off his own rude bed and laid on the bare ground; as some say clad only in a hair-shirt, as he had first gone forth into the wintry wood from the presence of his father. It was the final assertion of his great fixed idea; of praise and thanks springing to their most towering height out of nakedness and nothing. As he lay there we may be certain that his seared and blinded eyes saw nothing, but their object and their origin. We may be sure that the soul, in its last conceivable isolation was face to face with nothing less than God incarnated and Christ crucified.
The crux and crisis is that man found it natural to worship; even natural to worship unnatural things. The posture of the idol might be stiff and strange; but the gesture of the worshiper was generous and beautiful. He not only felt freer when he bent; he actually felt taller when he bowed. Henceforth anything that took away the gesture of worship would stunt and maim him forever. Henceforth being merely secular would be a servitude and an inhibition. If man cannot pray he is gagged, if he cannot kneel he is in irons.
My point is that the world did not tire of the Church’s ideal, but of its reality. Monasteries were impugned not for the chastity of the monks, but for the unchastity of monks. Christianity was unpopular not because of the humility, but of the arrogance of Christians…But I have only taken this as the first and most evident case of general truth; that the great ideals of the past failed not by being outlived(which must mean overlived), but by not being lived enough. Mankind has not passed through the Middle Ages. Rather mankind has retreated from the Middle Ages in reaction and rout. The Christian ideal has not been tried and found wanting. It has been difficult and left untried.