great words

just thought I would share some of the quotes, sayings, lyrics, and words that have drawn me out of myself to encounter deeper truth and beauty. they are arranged in the order I found them with the first being last, and the last being first. enjoy!


“Be patient toward all that is unsolved in your heart and try to love the questions themselves, like locked rooms and like books that are now written in a very foreign tongue. Do not now seek the answers, which cannot be given you because you would not be able to live them. And the point is, to live everything. Live the questions now. Perhaps you will then gradually, without noticing it, live along some distant day into the answer.” – Rainer Maria Rilke

“He left the grave behind him. So will I.” – Hillsong UNITED, So Will I (100 Billion X)

“It is Jesus that you seek when you dream of happiness; He is waiting for you when nothing else you find satisfies you; He is the beauty to which you are so attracted; it is He who provoked you with that thirst for fullness that will not let you settle for compromise; it is He who urges you to shed the masks of a false life; it is He who reads in your heart your most genuine choices, the choices that others try to stifle.

It is Jesus who stirs in you the desire to do something great with your lives, the will to follow an ideal, the refusal to allow yourselves to be grounded down by mediocrity, the courage to commit yourselves humbly and patiently to improving yourselves and society, making the world more human and more fraternal.” – (Pope St. John Paul II, World Youth Day – Rome, August 19, 2000)

“If you don’t write your story, it will never be told.” – Kate Hennessy

“It’s easy to write the cruel truth, but the healing truth is what’s right.” – Kate Hennessy

“It means that, because of his bright holiness and magnificent love, you find him ‘fearfully beautiful.’ That is why the more we experience God’s grace and forgiveness the more we experience a trembling awe and wonder before the greatness of all that he is and he done for us…” – Timothy Keller

“We connect the circumstances of our lives to God’s love. If life is great, God loves us. If not, he doesn’t. God’s love is not correlated with the circumstances of our lives. His love is constant.

Do we want to be known for our tears? Or for our courage?

When we are in struggles we feel like we are the only one suffering. You’re not the only one. You are not alone in your suffering.” – A beautiful woman speaker I don’t remember the name of

“His everlasting arms are under us.” – Deuteronomy 33:27

“How long will it be before we discover we cannot dazzle God with our accomplishments? When will we acknowledge that we need not and cannot buy God’s favor? When will we acknowledge that we don’t have it all together and happily accept the gift of grace? When will we acknowledge that what makes a man righteous is not obedience to the Law, but faith in Jesus Christ?” – Brennan Manning

“Yes, I overthink, but I also over-love.” – Anonymous

“So hope is the prize. Hope is the end goal. Hope is what grows when the garden of grief and suffering is tended. That changes the meaning of the word hope for me. That takes hope from this average word that people say all the time to a thing I want to treasure in my heart – something that when I feel it, I want to notice it. Because hope means that I survived, I persevered, and my character is stronger because of it.” – Annie Downs

“We have hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure.” – Hebrews 6:19a

“Faith makes a fool of what makes sense, but grace found my heart where logic ends.” – Hillsong UNITED, Here Now (Madness)

“If you want to save a life, love a mother, and she will love her child.” – Matt Maher

“Where am I going and for what?” – St. Ignatius of Loyola

“For though the fig tree doesn’t flourish, nor fruit be in the vines; the labor of the olive fails, the fields yield no food; the flocks are cut off from the fold, and there is no herd in the stalls: yet I will rejoice in the LORD. I will be joyful in the God of my salvation! The LORD, the Lord, is my strength. He makes my feet like deerʼs feet, and enables me to go in high places.” – Habakkuk 3:17–19

“If indeed we suffer with him, that we may also be glorified with him. For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which will be revealed toward us.” – Romans 8:17-18

“You won’t relent until all I am is yours. You have my heart oh Jesus. I found your love when I lost my heart to you.” – Hillsong UNITED, When I Lost My Heart To You (Hallelujah)

“Have I changed my schedule in the past seven days to get closer to Jesus?” – Fr. Mike Schmitz

“We have to be braver than we think we can be because God is constantly calling us to be more than we are.” – Madeline L’Engle

“Hope is practiced through the virtue of patience, which continues to do good even in the face of apparent failure, and through the virtue of humility, which accepts God’s mystery and trusts him even at times of darkness.” – Pope Benedict XVI

Saint Michael the Archangel, defend us in battle.
Be our protection against the wickedness and snares of the devil.
May God rebuke him, we humbly pray; and do Thou, O Prince of the Heavenly Host – by the Divine Power of God – cast into hell, satan and all the evil spirits, who roam throughout the world seeking the ruin of souls. Amen.

“Lord, I am Yours, and I must belong to no one but You.
My soul is Yours, and must live only by You.
My will is Yours, and must love only for You.
I must love You as my first cause, since I am from You.
I must love You as my end and rest, since I am for You.
I must love You more than my own being, since my being subsists by You.
I must love You more than myself, since I am all Yours and all in You. Amen.”- St. Francis de Sales

“Receive, Lord, all my liberty, my memory, my understanding and my whole will. You have given me all that I have, all that I am, and I surrender all to your divine will, that you dispose of me. Give me only your love and your grace. With this I am rich enough, and I have no more to ask.” – St. Ignatius of Loyola

“A relationship is like a garden, weeds always come up and it always needs nourishment and tears are the needed rain. Look to the rainbow and keep pulling weeds and enjoy each little blossom!” – Gram

“Trust in the Lord and do good. Then you will live safely in the land and prosper. Take delight in the Lord, and he will give you your heart’s desires. Commit everything you do to the Lord. Trust him, and he will help you. He will make your innocence radiate like the dawn, and the justice of your cause will shine like the noonday sun. Be still in the presence of the Lord, and wait patiently for him to act. Don’t worry about evil people who prosper or fret about their wicked schemes.” – Psalm 37:3-7

“Let all that I am wait quietly before God, for my hope is in him. He alone is my rock and my salvation, my fortress where I will not be shaken. My victory and honor come from God alone. He is my refuge, a rock where no enemy can reach me. O my people, trust in him at all times. Pour out your heart to him, for God is our refuge.” – Psalm 62:5-8

“O God, you are my God; I earnestly search for you. My soul thirsts for you; my whole body longs for you in this parched and weary land where there is no water. I have seen you in your sanctuary and gazed upon your power and glory. Your unfailing love is better than life itself; how I praise you! I will praise you as long as I live, lifting up my hands to you in prayer. You satisfy me more than the richest feast. I will praise you with songs of joy. I lie awake thinking of you, meditating on you through the night. Because you are my helper, I sing for joy in the shadow of your wings. I cling to you; your strong right hand holds me securely.” – Psalm 63:1-8

“Love is desiring the greatest good for the beloved.” – St. Thomas Aquinas

“When I said, ‘My foot is slipping,’ your love, O Lord, supported me. When anxiety was great within me, your consolation brought joy to my soul.” – Psalm 94

“I would rather be what God chose to make me than the most glorious creature that I could think of; for to have been born in God’s thought, and then made by God is the dearest, grandest, and most precious thing in all thinking.” – CS Lewis

“You’re His ‘the one.” – Fr. Mike Schmitz

“How can we last – even one day living out life without hearing Jesus say “I love you” – impossible. Our soul needs that as much as the body needs to breathe the air.” – St. Teresa of Calcutta

“Put simply, life is a God-given opportunity to become who we are, to affirm our own true spiritual nature, claim our truth, appropriate and integrate the reality of our being, but most of all, to say ‘Yes’ to the One who calls us the Beloved.” – Henri Nouwen

“It is important always to know that the first word, the true initiative, the true activity comes from God and only by inserting ourselves into the divine initiative, only begging for this divine initiative, shall we too be able to become – with him and in him – evangelizers.” – Pope Benedict XVI

“As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another.” – Proverbs 27:17

“Though one may be overpowered, two can easily defend themselves. A cord of three strands is not quickly broken.” – Ecclesiastes 4:12

“Beautiful is the moment in which we understand that we are no more than an instrument of God; we live only as long as God wants us to live; we can only do as much as God makes us able to do; we are only as intelligent as God would have us be.” – Oscar Romero

“People do not drift toward Holiness. Apart from grace-driven effort, people do not gravitate toward godliness, prayer, obedience to Scripture, faith, and delight in the Lord. We drift toward compromise and call it tolerance; we drift toward disobedience and call it freedom; we drift toward superstition and call it faith. We cherish the indiscipline of lost self-control and call it relaxation; we slouch toward prayerlessness and delude ourselves into thinking we have escaped legalism; we slide toward godlessness and convince ourselves we have been liberated.” – DA Carson

“I put before you the one great thing to love on earth: the Blessed Sacrament … There you will find romance, glory, fidelity, and the true way of all your loves on earth, and much more besides.” – J.R.R. Tolkien

“You never go away from us, yet we have difficulty in returning to You. Come, Lord, stir us up and call us back. Kindle and seize us. Be our fire and our sweetness. Let us love. Let us run.” – St. Augustine

“The same part of our brain is triggered when we are betrayed by a loved one as when we spill hot coffee on our hand.” – Unknown

“Greatness is not found in possessions, power, position or prestige. It is discovered in goodness, humility, service, and character.” – William Ward

“To fall in love with God is the greatest romance; to seek Him, the greatest adventure; to find Him, the greatest human achievement.” – St. Augustine of Hippo

“To show another soul love is to bring it back to life. – St. Maxmillian Kolbe