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Some thoughts of Blaise Pascal

Examine

If we examine our thoughts, we shall find them always occupied with the past and the future.

Two Kinds

There are only two kinds of men: the righteous who think they are sinners and the sinners who think they are righteous.

Reason

The supreme function of reason is to show man that some things are beyond reason.

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Some thoughts of Blaise Pascal

Loved

Human beings must be known to be loved; but the Divine must be loved to be known.

Truth

Truth is so obscure in these times, and falsehood so established, that, unless we love the truth, we cannot know it.

Evil Doings

Men never do evil so completely and cheerfully as when they do it from religious conviction.

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Some thoughts of Blaise Pascal

Happiness

If our condition were truly happy, we would not seek diversion from it in order to make ourselves happy.

The Greatness of Man

The greatness of man is great in that he knows himself to be wretched. A tree does not know itself to be wretched.

Wine

Too much and too little wine. Give him none, he cannot find truth; give him too much, the same.

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Some thoughts of Blaise Pascal

Misery

All man’s miseries derive from not being able to sit quietly in a room alone.

Wager

Belief is a wise wager. Granted that faith cannot be proved, what harm will come to you if you gamble on its truth and it proves false? If you gain, you gain all; if you lose, you lose nothing. Wager, then, without hesitation, that He exists.

Pride and Despair

Jesus is the God whom we can approach without pride and before whom we can humble ourselves without despair.

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Thoughts of a woman who knew God because she did what Jesus said.

Great Things

God has created us for great things: to love and offer love, to experience tenderness toward others, as he did, and to know how to offer Jesus to others. People are not hungry for us; they are hungry for God.

How Many

God will not ask how many books we have read; how many miracles we have worked; but he will ask if we have done our best, for the love of Him.

The Joy of the Lord

We are at His disposal. If he wants you to be sick in bed, if he wants you to proclaim his work in the street, if he wants you to clean the toilets all day, that’s all right, everything is all right. We must say, “I belong to you. You can do whatever you like.” And this is our strength, and this is the joy of the Lord.

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Thoughts of a woman who knew God because she did what Jesus said.

Love in Action

Christ wants to offer us the means of putting our love for him into action. He becomes hungry, not only for bread but for love. He becomes naked, not only for a piece of clothing but for love that understands, for human dignity. He becomes dispossessed, not only for a place of shelter but for the sincere and deep love for one another.

Simplest Way

The simplest way of becoming light (in this world) is by being kind and loving, thoughtful, and sincere with each other: “By this they will know that you are my disciples.”

Purpose

All of us have been given the opportunity to be completely possessed by Jesus. The work he has entrusted to you and me is nothing more than putting our love for him into action. What you do, I cannot do. What I do, you cannot do. But together you and I can do something beautiful for God.

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Thoughts of a woman who knew God because she did what Jesus said.

Chosen

“You have not chosen me, but I have chosen you.” Jesus has chosen us for himself. We belong to him. Let us be so convinced of this belonging that we allow nothing, however small, to separate us from his love.

Greater Things

We must know that we have been created for greater things, not just to be a number in the world, not just to go for diplomas and degrees, this work and that work. We have been created in order to love and to be loved.

Spoiled

No one spoils us as much as God Himself. See the wonderful gifts he has given us freely? You can all see — if God were to take money for your sight what would happen? Continually we are breathing and living on oxygen we did not pay for.

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