Thomas Merton

The beginning of love is the will to let those we love be perfectly themselves, the resolution not to twist them to fit our own image. If in loving them we do not love what they are, but only their potential likeness to ourselves, then we do not love them: we only love the reflection of ourselves we find in them

Katherine Walden

How comforting it is to know the Bigness of God in the midst of our deepest pain. What a blessed salve it is to our broken and wounded hearts to know that the Creator of the universe, the one who holds all the stars in his hand, carries us in his heart. He knows us by name, he is intimately acquainted with every thought, he hears every heart cry and understands every motive of our heart, and he loves us still.