December 2014 and January 2015

“Reflections” for December and January, chosen by the Revd Bill Sykes, Emeritus Chaplain Fellow of Univ.

A reminder about “Reflection.” In the practice of Reflection, we “mull over”, “we ponder on”, we “inwardly ruminate”, we “consider”, short quotations. Our aim is to get the maximum value out of these sayings. I have found that repeating the quotation, slowly and deliberately several times is a helpful way of Reflecting. Some have found it helpful to have a pen and paper on hand.
The aim of Reflection is a high one, to enable us to work out our own unique wholeness, and to experience life in the fullest possible way. The selection for December and January is a miscellaneous one.


Inspiration – Spirit gives meaning to (man’s & woman’s) life, and the possibility of the greatest development – C.G. Jung


Wisdom – Wisdom springing up within him (or her) from the Life of the Spirit – Rufus Jones


Counsel (Guidance) – The best and the most wonderful thing that can happen to you in this life, is that you should be silent and let God work and speak – Dag Hammarskjold


Understanding – We should not pretend to understand the world only by the intellect; we apprehend it just as much by feeling – C.G. Jung


Knowledge – True knowledge lies in knowing how to live –  Baltasar Gracian


Fear – (Sacred awe, Reverence, Holiness, Wonder) – I felt deep within me that the highest point a person can attain is … Sacred Awe – Nikos Kazantzakis


Power – Christianity is a soul of immense power which bestows significance, beauty and a new lightness on what we are already doing – Pierre Teilhard de Chardon


The Spirit of the Lord – The Spirit of God works deeply within us – Martin Israel


Love – Live love, let love invade you – Carlo Carretto


Joy – The joy of Jesus lifts up life to be celebrated – Henri J.M. Nouwen


Peace – That peace which is found in the spirit and the inner life is well worth our care for in that peace lies the satisfaction of all our wants – John Tauler


Patience – They should have known that he (Christ) was God. His patience should have proved that to them – Tertullian


Kindness – Whoever pursues righteousness and kindness will find life and honour – Proverbs 21.21


Goodness – Goodness is a special kind of truth and beauty. It is truth and beauty in human behaviour – H.A. Overstreet


Faithfulness – We live in an age which asks for faith, pure faith, naked faith, mystical faith – William Johnston


Gentleness – Be gentle to all and stern with yourself – St Teresa of Avila


Self-Control – To enjoy freedom we have to control ourselves – Virginia Woolf


All of these Reflections have come from “A Still More Excellent Way” a compilation published just over a year ago. It has 26 gifts and fruits of the Holy Spirit, each one having about 140 short expressions or quotes. All told there are about 3,000 of them, enough to inspire you for a lifetime! Please click here if you would like to purchase a copy.