‘Before AA, I judged myself by my intentions, while the world was judging me by my actions’
Alcoholics Anonymous, p418, 4th ed.
‘Our thinking became distorted by trying to force solutions ….
“Follow the voice that speaks within. Go forward unafraid in strength of your own conviction, never being swayed by this or that opinion. On your own set course proceed, knowing that within yourself you have the power that you need.
If you pray for guidance there is nothing to fear. Doors will open as if by magic, obstacles cleared and a way prepared.
Have faith and go ahead never doubting, knowing that your steps are being led. Do not halt or hesitate between two points of view or lean too much on other people for advising you. Even if at times you are wrong, it’s all experience. Listen to the voice within and trust in Providence.”
Pray as you can, not as you can’t …….
Dom John Chapman OSB, Downside
‘The crucial lesson throughout my work is how to hold, contain and sustain people who have suffered immense atrocity and loss. Our society will be judged by how we respond to those to whom we owe nothing.’ – Helen Bamber
‘Run while you have the light of life, nobody who walks in the dark knows where he is going ……’
Prologue to Rule of St Benedict, John 12, 34
‘Spirituality, for me, means listening to the deeper levels of our experience with a sense that there is something completely trustworthy and good to be found there. In this listening, many recognise the life-giving presence of God in us, challenging and surprising us with new understanding and insight.’
Tom McGuinness SJ
‘We are not at peace with others because we are not at peace with ourselves. We are not at peace with ourselves because we are not at peace with God.’
“To be nobody but
yourself in a world
which is doing its best day and night to make you like
everybody else means to fight the hardest battle
which any human being can fight and never stop fighting.”
― E.E. Cummings
“Whoever fights monsters should see to it that in the process he does not become a monster” – Nietzsche
‘God I give to You all that I am and all that I will be for your healing and direction. Make new this day as I release all my worries and fears, knowing that you are by my side. Please help me to open myself to Your love, to allow Your love to heal my wounds, and to allow Your love to flow through me and from me to those around me. May your will be done this day and always. Amen’
‘When I stopped living in the problem and began living in the answer, the problem went away.’
Alcoholics Anonymous Big Book, p419 4ed.
“We found the Great Reality deep down within us.
In the last analysis it is only there that He may be found”
Alcoholics Anonymous Big Book p55
” Our book is meant to be suggestive only . We realize we know only a little.”
Alcoholics Anonymous Big Book, p164
Quotes are a very personal indicator of motivation and inspiration, hopefully you will find at least one of these helpful