If we are going to take sabbaticals, let them be real sabbaticals: a willed passivity in order to be restored to alert receptivity to spirit-prayer, silence, solitude, worship…The original intent of sabbath is a time to be silent and listen to God, not attend lectures; a time to be in solitude and be with God, not “interact” with fatigued peers. If help is to be given to the pastor in midcourse, it is not going to come by infusion of intellect but by renewal of spirit.
The Contemplative Pastor: Returning to the Art of Spiritual Direction
There are more tears shed over answered prayers than over unanswered prayers.
Saint Teresa of Avila
Doctrine is only the drawing of the bow; application is hitting the mark. —Thomas Manton