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The Lion Christian Quotation Collection
Hannah Ward & Jennifer Wild, compilers

1 "To strive for unity in diversity is a task we cannot evade." Mercy Amba Oduyoye, African theologian

2 "If we go down into ourselves we find that we possess exactly what we desire." Simone Weil (1909-1943), French philosopher and mystic

3 "Our minds have a natural desire to know the truth of God and the causes of things, in just the same way as our eyes have a natural desire for light and our bodies for food." Gregory Thaumaturgus (c.213-270), early missionary in Turkey

4 "Human nature has ineffable dignity." John Duns Scotus (c. 1266-1308), Scottish Franciscan philosopher

5 "The beloved John in his old age (according to Jerome in his commentary on Galatians 3:6) was in the habit of saying little else to his disciples other than 'Little children, love one another.'" Philipp Jakob Spener (1635-1705), German Lutheran pastor

6 "It is inter-faith ecumenism that should be the aim for us all at this moment in history." Trevor Huddleston, English Anglican missionary

7 "The nearer we draw to God in our love for him, the more we are united together by love for our neighbour, and the greater our union with our neighbour, the greater is our union with God." Dorotheus of Gaza (ca. 6 ad), Greek spiritual writer

8 "To have a prayerful approach to people is to have eyes to see, a mind intent upon seeing, a heart hopeful of seeing the image of God in each person I meet, to see them in themselves and in God." Douglas Rhymes, contemporary English priest and author

9 "Christ appeared not as a philosopher or wordy doctor, or noisy deputer, or even as a wise and learned scribe, but he talked with people in complete simplicity, showing them the way of truth in the way he lived." Angela of Foligno (1248-1309), Italian mystic

10 "Do not do anything you hate to another." Saying of the Desert Fathers and Mothers (monks and nuns of the Egyptian desert)

11 "A state of mind that sees God in everything is evidence of growth in grace and a thankful heart." Charles G. Finney (1792-1875), American theologian

12 "Man is free, for he is in the image of divine liberty; and that is why he has the power to choose." Paul Evdokimov, Russian Orthodox theologian

13 "We were born to love, we live to love, and we will die to love still more." Joseph Cafasso (1811-1860), Italian priest and spiritual guide

14 "Love works in us and for us." John Cassian (360-435), monk and writer

15 "Only in community can humanity reflect God and fulfil the image of God in which we were created for mutual relationship." Chung Hyun Kyung, Korean theologian

16 "All things proceed from God, who is at once the centre and the circumference from which all existing lines proceed and at which all end up." Juana Ines de la Cruz (1651-1695), Mexican nun, poet and scholar

17 "Give rest to the weary, visit the sick, make provision for the poor, this is indeed prayer." Aphrahat (mid 4th century), Syriac monk

18 "All the harmonies of creation find their resonance in man." Sergius Bulgakov (1871-1944), Russian theologian

19 "Every painful event contains in itself a seed of growth and liberation." Anthony deMello, Indian Jesuit

20 "I pray that since we are all made of the same substance…we may love one another with a single love." Antony of Egypt (c.251-356), Egyptian ascetic

21 "All men are equal in their natural dignity." Pope John XXIII

22 "The more we love, the better we are." Jeremy Taylor (1613-1667), Anglican bishop

23 "Only love lasts forever. Alone, it constructs the shape of eternity in the earthly and short-lived dimensions of the history of man on the earth." Pope John Paul II

24 "We are all one in Thee, for all are Thine." William Walsham How (1823-1897), English bishop and hymn-writer

25 "No one can live without symbols. The symbol is the true appearance of reality; it is the form in which reality discloses itself to our consciousness, or rather, it is that particular consciousness of reality. It is in the symbol that the real appears to us." Raimundo Panikkar, Indian Catholic theologian

This body of quotes compiled by JoAnn Kite