Wednesday, February 07, 2007


It costs so much to be a full human being that there are very few who have the enlightenment or the courage, to pay the price...One has to abandon altogether the search for security, and reach out to the risk of living with both arms. One has to embrace the world like a lover. One has to accept pain as a condition of existence. One has to court doubt and darkness as the cost of knowing. One needs a will stubborn in conflict, but apt always to total acceptance of every consequence of living and dying.
Morris L. West in The Shoes of the Fisherman. Quoted in Why Am I Afraid to Tell You Who I Am? by John Powell, SJ, page 119.

(I just discovered another movie for my Netflix queue: The Shoes of the Fisherman [1968].)

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