This week a package of books arrived that I had ordered from Eighth Day Books. In the package were three bookmarks, one for each book. On each bookmark was a different quote.
"The only force I believe in is prayer, and it is a force I apply with more doggedness than attention." --Flannery O'Connor, The Habit of Being
"And what is a merciful heart? It is the heart's burning for men, for birds, for animals and even for demons. At the remembrance and at the sight of them, the merciful man's eyes fill with tears which arise at the great compassion that urges his heart. It grows tender and cannot endure hearing or seeing any injury or slight sorrow for anything in creation. Because of this, such a man continually offers tearful prayer, even for irrational animals and for enemies of truth and all who harm it, that they may be guarded and forgiven." --St. Isaac the Syrian, Ascetical Homilies
"Well, life is a miracle, and therefore infinitely of interest everywhere." --Wendell Berry, Life is A Miracle