A whole new generation of Christians has come up believing that it is possible to ‘accept’ Christ without forsaking the world.
Everyone feels benevolent if nothing happens to be annoying him at the moment. Thus a man easily comes to console himself for all his other vices by a conviction that ‘his heart’s in the right place’ and ‘he wouldn’t hurt a fly,’ though in fact he has never made the slightest sacrifice for a fellow creature. We think we are kind when we are only happy: it is not so easy, on the same grounds, to imagine oneself temperate, chaste, or humble.
— C.S. Lewis, The Problem With Pain
“I sought to hear the voice of God and climbed the topmost steeple, but God declared: “Go down again - I dwell among the people.”
— John Henry Newman
Do not think that love in order to be genuine has to be extraordinary. What we need is to love without getting tired. Be faithful in small things because it is in them that your strength lies.
— Mother Teresa