Quintessential Quaker

A quote chosen by a member for discussion each Sunday.


May 15 There is a way of ordering our mental life on more than one level at once. On one level we can be thinking, discussing, seeing, calculating, meeting all the demands of external affairs. But deep within, behind the scenes, at a profounder level, we may also be in prayer and adoration, song and worship, and a gentle receptiveness to divine breathings. ~Testament of Devotion, Harper, 1941, p. 35.


May 8 Life from the Center is a life of unhurried peace and power. It is serene and radiant. It takes no time, but it occupies all our time, making our life programs new and overcoming. We need not get frantic. Love is at the helm. And when our little day is done, we lie down quietly in peace, for all is well. ~from A TESTAMENT OF DEVOTION” ― Thomas Kelly


May 1 And now I must speak of the internal prayer of carrying… there is an experience of relatedness with one another, a relation of upholding one another by internal bonds of prayer, that I can only call the prayer of carrying…This awareness of our life as in their lives, and their lives as in our life, is a strange experience. It is as if the barriers of individuality were let down and we shared a common life and love. A subterranean, internal relation of supporting those who are near to us in the fellowship takes place…I do not mean the sense that God is upholding you, alone. It is the sense that some people you know are lifting you, and offering you, and upholding you in your inner life…separate selves are swept together and welded into one life…inwardly we meet with one another in spirit…in this mystical unity, this group togetherness of soul. ~Thomas Kelly Reality of the Spiritual World,  1944       pp49-50


April 24 “Beauty and joy are surely always unique, unrepeatable instances?  They’re only ever glimpsed, like motes of dust in a sunlit beam.  In the right light, they sparkle like small stars.” ~Steve Molvarec, SJ (Jesuit)


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