with restless hearts

reflections, critiques, comments, and questions of a 20-something catholic in pursuit of truth and justice in a dualistic world

Favorite Quotes


  • You have made us for yourself, O Lord, and our hearts are restless until they rest in Thee. ― St. Augustine
  • Never once in my life did I ask God for success or wisdom or power or fame.  I asked for wonder, and he gave it to me. ― Abraham Joshua Heschel
  • I throw myself at the foot of the Tabernacle like a dog at the foot of its master. ― St. John Vianney
  • What does the poor man do at the rich man’s door, the sick man in the presence of his physician, the thirsty man at a limpid stream? What they do, I do before the Eucharistic God. I pray. I adore. I love. ― St. Francis of Assisi
  • When you approach the tabernacle remember that he has been waiting for you for twenty centuries. ― St. Josemaria Escriva


  • If we have no  peace, it is because we have forgotten that we belong to each other. ― Mother Teresa of Kolkata
  • I really only love God as much as I love the person I love the least. ― Dorothy Day


  • Our goal should be to live life in radical amazement.  ….get up in the morning and look at the world in a way that takes nothing for granted.  Everything is phenomenal; everything is incredible; never treat life casually.  To be spiritual is to be amazed. ― Abraham Joshua Heschel
  • Love God, serve God; everything is in that. ― St. Claire of Assisi
  • We are at Jesus’ disposal. If he wants you to be sick in bed, if he wants you to proclaim His work in the street, if he wants you to clean the toilets all day, that’s all right, everything is all right. We must say, “I belong to you. You can do whatever you like.” And this is our strength. This is the joy of the Lord. ― Mother Teresa of Kolkata
  • If you are what you should be, you will set the whole eath ablaze! ― St. Catherine of Siena
  • Dear young people, the happiness you are seeking, the happiness you have a right to enjoy has a name and a face: it is Jesus of Nazareth, hidden in the Eucharist. Only he gives the fullness of life to humanity! With Mary, say your own “yes” to God, for he wishes to give himself to you. ― Pope Benedict XVI


  • If you don’t know where you are going, any road will get you there. ― Lewis Carroll, Cheshire Cat in Alice In Wonderland
  • Faith is the art of holding on to things your reason has once accepted, in spite of your changing moods. ― CS Lewis
  • When you have come to the edge Of all light that you know And are about to drop off into the darkness Of the unknown, Faith is knowing One of two things will happen: There will be something solid to stand on or You will be taught to fly.

Social Justice

  • The Gospel takes away our right forever, to discriminate between the deserving and the undeserving poor. ― Dorothy Day
  • It will be a great day when our schools get all the money they need and the air force has to hold a bake sale to buy a bomber…
  • Those who cannot see Christ in the poor are atheists indeed. ― Dorothy Day


  • Earth’s crammed with heaven, And every common bush afire with God: But only he who sees, takes off his shoes. ― Elizabeth Barret Browning
  • Consult not your fears but your hopes and your dreams. Think not about your frustrations, but about your unfulfilled potential. Concern yourself not with what you tried and failed in, but with what it is still possible for you to do. ― Blessed Pope John XXIII
  • Things were in God’s plan which I had not planned at all. I am coming to the living faith and conviction that – from God’s point of view – there is no chance and that the whole of my life, down to every detail, has been mapped out in God’s divine providence and makes complete and perfect sense in God’s all-seeing eyes. ― St. Edith Stein

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