you can take nothing

Remember that when you leave this earth, you can take nothing that you have received … but only what you have given; a full heart enriched by honest service, love, sacrific, and courage.

St. Francis

not an apologist

The preacher is not an apologist, not a professor, not a lecturer. He is a herald, an instrument announcing the salvation that God has decreed for men who accept it.

The Sign of Jonas, Thomas Merton