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Previous thoughts for the week

Sometimes a thought for the week can inspire, sometimes it presents a challenge that makes us think.  This page collects previous 'thoughts for the week' as a source of thoughtful reflection.

"No man can live happily who regards himself alone; who turns everything to his own advantage. You must live for others if you wish to live for yourself."

Seneca

"I hereby command you: Be strong and courageous; do not be frightened or dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go."  

Joshua 1.9

"We can't have full knowledge all at once. We must start by believing; then afterwards we may be led on to master the evidence for ourselves."

- St Thomas Aquinas

"A tree is known by its fruit; a man by his deeds. A good deed is never lost; he who sows courtesy reaps friendship, and he who plants kindness gathers love."

St Basil the Great

"But the angel said to them, Do not be afraid; for see I am bringing you good news of great joy for all the people"

Luke 2:10

"When God intends to make something wonderful he begins with a difficulty. When he intends to make something very wonderful, he begins with an impossibility."

Donald Coggan, 101st Archbishop of Canterbury

"God sees hearts, as we see faces"

George Herbert, Welsh poet, orator and Anglican priest (commemorated 27 Feb)

"Mankind is a great, an immense family. This is proved by what we feel in our hearts at Christmas"

Angelo Guiseppe Roncalli, Blessed John XXXIII

"The Holy Scriptures are our letters from home"

Augustine of Hippo

"My conscience is captive to the Word of God"

Martin Luther (Diet of Worms, 1521)