In no particular order, here is a collection of words that stir me.
Please note, I could devote an entire page to Robert Farrar Capon, but instead, I will simply implore you to put The Supper of the Lamb on your must-read list. Let’s dive in.
“Every real thing is a joy, if only you have eyes and ears to relish it, a nose and tongue to taste it.” – R.F. Capon
“Enough is a feast.” – Mary Poppins
“O Lord, refresh our sensibilities. Give us this day our daily taste. Restore to us soups that spoons will not sink in, and sauces which are never the same twice.
“Raise up among us stews with more gravy than we have bread to blot it with, and casseroles that put starch and substance in our limp modernity. Take away our fear of fat and make us glad of the oil which ran upon Aaron’s beard.
“Give us pasta with a hundred fillings, and rice in a thousand variations. Above all, give us grace to live as true men – to fast till we come to a refreshed sense of what we have and then to dine gratefully on all that comes to hand.
Drive far from us, O Most Bountiful, all creatures of air and darkness; cast out the demons that possess us; deliver us from the fear of calories and the bondage of nutrition; and set us free once more in our own land, where we shall serve Thee as Thou hast blessed us – with the dew of heaven, the fatness of the earth, and plenty of corn and wine. Amen.” – R. F. Capon
“A new beginning! We must learn to live each day, each year, yes, each minute as a new beginning, as an opportunity to make everything new. Imagine that we could live each moment as a moment pregnant with new life. Imagine we could live each day as a day full of promises. Imagine that we could walk through the new year always listening to a voice saying to us, ‘I have a gift for you and can’t wait for you to see it!'” – Henri Nouwen
“You have to laugh at yourself because you’d cry your eyes out if you didn’t.” – Emily Sailers
“We’ll grow kindness in our hearts for all the strangers among us ’til there are no strangers anymore.” – Patty Griffin
“If you want to identify me, ask me not where I live, or what I like to eat, or how I comb my hair but ask me what I am living for, in detail. Ask me what I think is keeping me from living fully for the thing I want to live for.” – Thomas Merton
“You were home when you came out of the womb and you will be home when you return to dust. Home is contentment. Move forward but only after you can stay put. You will get home if you hold fast.” – Colin Roberts
“Choose your love and love your choice.” – Jono Stark
“Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.” – James 1:2-4
“Dress shabbily and they remember the dress; dress impeccably and they remember the woman.” – Coco Chanel
“Show me someone who has done something worthwhile and I’ll show you someone who has overcome adversity.” – Lou Holtz
“I like a cook who smiles out loud when he tastes his own work. Let God worry about your modesty; I want to see your enthusiasm.” – R.F. Capon