"A happy man or woman is a better thing to find than a five-pound note. He or she is a radiating focus of goodwill; and their entrance into a room is as though another candle had been lighted."
-Robert Louis Stevenson, Puerisque (1878)
"The soul that is united with God is feared by the Devil as though it were God Himself."
- St. John of the Cross, Counsels of Light and Love
"The next great truth which obtrudes itself upon our rapt attention, and which produces a shock of glad surprise, is the realization that the spiritual realm is no less material than the physical. It is merely composed of smaller particles, responding to shorter force-waves with more rapid vibrations; and in its aggregate manifestations to sight and touch attuned to sense it, it is just as firm and real as are the manifestations of physical matter to the physical senses."
-Daniel Augustus Simmons, The Science of Religion (1916)
Our prayers are answered not when we are given what we ask,
but when we are challenged to be what we can be.