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Heaven, The Heart's Deepest Longing
Peter Kreeft

1 "All the different things we desire are really one; for they are reflections of aspects of God, and God is one."

2 "Each and every individual human soul is infinitely valuable."

3 "Our 'I' is eternally real and infinitely precious because it is the image of God, whose name is 'I AM'; we are images of ultimate reality in our individual souls."

4 "In us is not only self-deception but also inner truth, and truth is stronger."

5 "Only the One who designed you and is even at this moment providentially sculpting you in a thousand unrecognized ways into the masterpiece he always had in mind for you to be knows the secret of your destiny."

6 "Love is the highest accuracy….God is love."

7 "As Viktor Frankl found in a Nazi concentration camp, our deepest, rock-bottom need is…meaning and purpose."

8 "In the heart, heaven and hell are decided."

9 "The doctrine of the Real Presence of Christ in the Eucharist does not say too much, but too little; it can be extended to include the whole world. As Teilhard deChardin says in 'The Divine Milieu', we should be able to hear from everything in the world the words 'This is my Body.'"

10 "Suffering is an occasion for wisdom, and wisdom is an essential ingredient in happiness."

11 The child in us is called by three names: faith (trust, openness), hope (idealism, wonder), and love (adoration, yea-saying)."

12 "God is 'the One without a second' (Brihadaranyaka Upanishad 4.5.15)."

13 "For the wise men of old the cardinal problem had been how to conform the soul to reality, and the solution had been knowledge, self-discipline, and virtue."

14 "Where am I to search? Which guru or authority or spiritual salesman should I listen to? To your own heart. It is a teacher you can trust, for it will not despise you (it IS you), and it is wiser than your head, wiser than you think. Listen to your heart. It will tell you for what you may hope; it will tell you the meaning of life, if only you listen deeply."

15 "The heart of the self is the image of God. The human 'I' reflects the divine 'I AM'."

16 "Faith and faith's fruit, love, cast out fear. Jesus keeps telling His disciples, 'Fear not, only believe….why are you afraid, O you of little faith?' (Mark 5:36, Matthew 8:26)"

17 "I am a flying arrow, determined by the target because I have been launched by the mind of a divine archer, a mind with a purpose."

18 "God sent prophets to all three areas of the soul: philosophers to enlighten the intellect, prophets to straighten out the will, and myth-makers to tease and touch the emotions with a desire for himself."

19 "God is the oneness of the beginning and the end."

20 "God is present to us because he is presence itself."

21 "When we discover an eternal truth, we are really remembering a knowledge that is innate to us but which our conscious mind had forgotten….whenever we discover an eternal truth, we experience an 'aha!' – a moment of recognition (re-cognition, knowing-again)."

22 "All of history is a metaphysical circulatory system, with God at its heart."

23 "Love fulfills the moral will's deepest quest for goodness."

24 "A cat is not merely evolved molecules in motion; it is a divine idea, a work of art, and a sign. It is a natural sign: it has something of what it signifies, and what it signifies is heavenly; so there is something of heaven in the cat. And heaven does not die. God does not throw his artwork into the wastebasket; God doesn't make junk. All his work has eternal value. It passes through time and seems to pass away - but it IS in eternity."

25 "Every atom in the quadrillion-mile universe and every 'chance' event in its trillion-year history is deliberately and perfectly planned and controlled by God for the ultimate end of our good, our heavenly joy. Galaxies revolve and dinosaurs breed and rain falls and people fall in love and uncles smoke cheap cigars and people lose their jobs and we all die - for our good, the finished product, God's work of art."

This body of quotes compiled by JoAnn Kite