The essence of prayer is not the effort to make
God give us something. Prayer, then, is not just
informing God of our needs, for God already
knows them. Rather, the purpose of prayer is to
give God the opportunity to bestow the gifts He
will give us when we are ready to accept them.
Archbishop Fulton Sheen
It is salutary to train oneself to be no more
affected by censure than by praise.
W. Somerset Maugham
The human mind is inspired enough when it
comes to inventing horrors; it is when it tries
to invent a Heaven that it shows itself cloddish.