The world laughs…

The world laughs at such people but as a friend who is undergoing a genuine conversion observed the other day, “Christ’s love is…extravagant, isn’t it?”  That Christ’s love is extravagant means that it is always better to err on the side of hungering too much, rather than too little; better to wear our hearts on our sleeves rather than let them harden from cynicism and despair; better to be willing to let our hunger make us look like fools  than to pretend we have life under control and that our hunger doesn’t matter. To love Christ is to suffer the full unanesthetized pain of not being in control, not being able to “make” things go our way, not being able to make the edges of life match up. To attend Mass is to bow to mystery, not certainty.

~Heather King, “Vespers”

In spite of our weakness…

As our union with the Lord grows and our prayer likewise becomes more intense, like St. Paul, we too will turn our focus on what is  important as well as to recognize that it is not by our own power that the Kingdom of God comes about, but rather by the grace of God who works miracles through us in spite of our weakness.

~Pope Benedict XVI, June 13, 2012, General Audience

Website for the Secular Franciscan Order’s Quinquennial Congress

I know this isn’t a quote, but if you want to keep up with what’s going on at the Q, they have set up a website (http://www.quinquennial.org/).

More than 500 Franciscans converge on Chicago July 3-8 for the U.S. Secular Franciscan Order’s Quinquennial Congress. Held every five years to bring Secular Franciscans, friars and sisters together as a family from across the U.S., the Quinquennial this year focuses on gaining insight into the call by St. Francis of Assisi to live the Gospel in one’s everyday life.