20 February 2016

Happy International Pipe-Smoking Day!

To celebrate International Pipe-Smoking Day this year, here are some of my favorite pipe smoking quotes!

“Life is meant to be enjoyed. A good woman, a good pipe, and a good whiskey. Three things that, in moderation, will help achieve this.”
Basil Meadows

“After some time he felt for his pipe. It was not broken, and that was something. Then he felt for his pouch, and there was some tobacco in it, and that was something more. Then he felt for matches and he could not find any at all, and that shattered his hopes completely.”
J. R. R. Tolkien, The Hobbit

“A pipe is the fountain of contemplation, the source of pleasure, the companion of the wise; and the man who smokes, thinks like a philosopher and acts like a Samaritan.”
Edward George Bulwer-Lytton, 1st Baron Lytton

“A pipe is to the troubled soul what caresses of a mother are for her suffering child.”
Indian Proverb

“I believe that pipe smoking contributes to a somewhat calm and objective judgment in all human affairs.”
Albert Einstein

And finally, a couple of my favorites from C. S. Lewis:

“I believe that many who find that ‘nothing happens’ when they sit down, or kneel down, to a book of devotion, would find that the heart sings unbidden while they are working their way through a tough bit of theology with a pipe in their teeth and a pencil in their hand.”

“A pipe gives a wise man time to think, and a fool something to stick in his mouth.”
C. S. Lewis

So, there you go! If you’ve got a quote (or three) that I haven’t mentioned here, please reply with some of your favorites!

And, if you’re so inclined, stop for a few moments this evening and join us in sharing a bowl! And if you’re in the neighborhood, give me a call! Maybe we can meet up and share a bowl together!

In the Love of the Three in One,

Br. Jack+, LC

14 February 2016

Patient Trust

Above all, trust in the slow work of God.
We are quite naturally impatient in everything
to reach the end without delay.
We should like to skip the intermediate stages.
We are impatient of being on the way to something
unknown, something new.
And yet it is the law of all progress
that it is made by passing through
some stages of instability—
and that it may take a very long time.

And so I think it is with you;
your ideas mature gradually—let them grow,
let them shape themselves, without undue haste.
Don’t try to force them on,
as though you could be today what time
(that is to say, grace and circumstances
acting on your own good will)
will make of you tomorrow.

Only God could say what this new spirit
gradually forming within you will be.
Give Our Lord the benefit of believing
that his hand is leading you,
and accept the anxiety of feeling yourself
in suspense and incomplete.

— Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, SJ
excerpted from Hearts on Fire