December 2014 and January 2015

“Reflections” for December and January, chosen by the Revd Bill Sykes, Emeritus Chaplain Fellow of Univ.

A reminder about “Reflection.” In the practice of Reflection, we “mull over”, “we ponder on”, we “inwardly ruminate”, we “consider”, short quotations. Our aim is to get the maximum value out of these sayings. I have found that repeating the quotation, slowly and deliberately several times is a helpful way of Reflecting. Some have found it helpful to have a pen and paper on hand.
The aim of Reflection is a high one, to enable us to work out our own unique wholeness, and to experience life in the fullest possible way. The selection for December and January is a miscellaneous one.

 

Inspiration – Spirit gives meaning to (man’s & woman’s) life, and the possibility of the greatest development – C.G. Jung

 

Wisdom – Wisdom springing up within him (or her) from the Life of the Spirit – Rufus Jones

 

Counsel (Guidance) – The best and the most wonderful thing that can happen to you in this life, is that you should be silent and let God work and speak – Dag Hammarskjold

 

Understanding – We should not pretend to understand the world only by the intellect; we apprehend it just as much by feeling – C.G. Jung

 

Knowledge – True knowledge lies in knowing how to live –  Baltasar Gracian

 

Fear – (Sacred awe, Reverence, Holiness, Wonder) – I felt deep within me that the highest point a person can attain is … Sacred Awe – Nikos Kazantzakis

 

Power – Christianity is a soul of immense power which bestows significance, beauty and a new lightness on what we are already doing – Pierre Teilhard de Chardon

 

The Spirit of the Lord – The Spirit of God works deeply within us – Martin Israel

 

Love – Live love, let love invade you – Carlo Carretto

 

Joy – The joy of Jesus lifts up life to be celebrated – Henri J.M. Nouwen

 

Peace – That peace which is found in the spirit and the inner life is well worth our care for in that peace lies the satisfaction of all our wants – John Tauler

 

Patience – They should have known that he (Christ) was God. His patience should have proved that to them – Tertullian

 

Kindness – Whoever pursues righteousness and kindness will find life and honour – Proverbs 21.21

 

Goodness – Goodness is a special kind of truth and beauty. It is truth and beauty in human behaviour – H.A. Overstreet

 

Faithfulness – We live in an age which asks for faith, pure faith, naked faith, mystical faith – William Johnston

 

Gentleness – Be gentle to all and stern with yourself – St Teresa of Avila

 

Self-Control – To enjoy freedom we have to control ourselves – Virginia Woolf

 

All of these Reflections have come from “A Still More Excellent Way” a compilation published just over a year ago. It has 26 gifts and fruits of the Holy Spirit, each one having about 140 short expressions or quotes. All told there are about 3,000 of them, enough to inspire you for a lifetime! Please click here if you would like to purchase a copy.