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The day on which I received confirmation was a distressing one to me. ...
by Maria Monk

The day on which I received confirmation was a distressing one to me.
- Maria Monk

I have, I think, afforded every opportunity that could be reasonably expected,
to judge of my credibility.
- Maria Monk

I really believed that the priests were acquainted with my thoughts;
and often stood in great awe of them.
They often told me they had power to strike me dead at any moment.
- Maria Monk

A number of girls of my acquaintance went to school
to the nuns of the Congregational Nunnery,
or Sisters of Charity, as they are sometimes called.
- Maria Monk

 

My parents were both from Scotland, but had been resident
in Lower Canada some time before their marriage,
which took place in Montreal; and in that city I spent most of my life.
- Maria Monk

Others too would occasionally entertain and privately express such doubts;
though we all had been most solemnly warned by the
cruel murder of Saint Francis.
- Maria Monk

Some of the priests from the Seminary were in the nunnery every day and night,
and often several at a time.
- Maria Monk

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I often remembered also that I had been told,
that we shall have as many devils biting us,
if we go to hell, as we have unconfessed sins on our consciences.
- Maria Monk

We were kept at work, and permitted to speak with each
other only on such subjects as related to the Convent,
and all in the hearing of the old nuns who sat by us.
- Maria Monk

The manufacture of wax candles was another important
branch of business in the nunnery.
- Maria Monk

We were constantly hearing it repeated,
that we must never again look upon ourselves as our own;
but must remember,
that we were solemnly and irrevocably devoted to God.
- Maria Monk

The Bishop, as I have remarked, was not very dignified on all occasions,
and sometimes acted in such a manner as would not have appeared well in public.
- Maria Monk

The only recreation there allowed, however,
is that of the mind, and of this there is but little.
- Maria Monk

On the day, therefore, when I went to the church to be confirmed,
with a number of others, I suffered extremely from
the reproaches of my conscience.
- Maria Monk

Standing near the door, we dipped our fingers in the holy water,
crossed and blessed ourselves, and proceeded up to the sleeping-room,
in the usual order, two by two.
- Maria Monk

I was born at St.
John's, where they lived for a short time.
- Maria Monk

I must be informed, that one of my great duties was,
to obey the priests in all things; and this I soon learnt,
to my utter astonishment and horror,
was to live in the practice of criminal intercourse with them.
- Maria Monk

Priests, she insisted, could not sin.
It was a thing impossible.
Everything that they did, and wished,
was of course right.
She hoped I would see the reasonableness and duty of the oaths I was to take,
and be faithful to them.
- Maria Monk

Great dislike to the Bible was shown by those who conversed with me about it,
and several have remarked to me, at different times,
that if it were not for that book, Catholics would
never be led to renounce their own faith.
- Maria Monk

Unfortunately, I was not wise enough to listen to her advice,
and hastily married.
In a few weeks, I had occasion to repent of the step I had taken,
as the report proved true - a report which I thought justified,
and indeed required, our separation.
- Maria Monk

All around me insisted that my doubts proved only my
own ignorance and sinfulness;
that they knew by experience they would soon give place to true knowledge,
and an advance in religion; and I felt something like indecision.
- Maria Monk

She gave me another piece of information which excited other feelings in me,
scarcely less dreadful.
Infants were sometimes born in the convent;
but they were always baptized and immediately strangled!
- Maria Monk

Before I took the veil, I was ornamented for the ceremony,
and was clothed in a rich dress belonging to the Convent,
which was used on such occasions; and placed not far
from the altar in the chapel,
in the view of a number of spectators who had assembled,
perhaps about forty.
- Maria Monk

I have hardly detained the reader long enough on the subject,
to give him a just impression of the stress laid on confession.
It is one of the great points to which our attention was constantly directed.
- Maria Monk

So far as I know, there were no pains taken to preserve secrecy on this subject;
that is,
I saw no attempt made to keep any of the inmates of
the Convent in ignorance of the murder of children.
- Maria Monk

To go against the dominant thinking of your friends,
of most of the people you see every day,
is perhaps the most difficult act of heroism you can perform.
- Theodore H. White

Dance Lightly With Life:
Today is your day to
dance lightly with life,
sing wild songs of adventure,
soar your spirit,
unfurl your joy.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Today is your day to paint life in bold colors;
set today's rhythm with your heart-drum;
walk today's march with courage;
create today as your celebration of life.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Courage doesn't always roar.
Sometimes courage is the quiet voice
at the end of the day, saying,
"I will try again tomorrow."
- Mary Anne Radmacher

Today is your day to dance lightly with life,
sing wild songs of adventure,
invite rainbows and butterflies out to play,
soar your spirit, and unfurl your joy.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

With the new day comes new strength and new thoughts.
- Eleanor Roosevelt

Our lives begin to end the day we become silent
about things that matter.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

May flowers always line your path and sunshine light your day.
May songbirds serenade you every step along the way.
May a rainbow run beside you in a sky that's always blue.
And may happiness fill your heart each day your whole life through.
- Irish Blessing

Is today a day to gather strength from the storm -
a day to to learn life lessons for the next battle?
Or is today a day to sit by the fire
and watch the storm rage outside?
Either way, the storm is just life.
Give thanks for all of Life.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Today is your day to laugh at life,
laugh at what's funny - laugh at what's sad,
laugh loud - laugh often,
laugh at me - laugh at you - laugh at life.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Today is the first day of the rest of your life.
- Anonymous

Today is your day to Spread Wing and Soar.
Fly Life on Free Wings, and Sing to its Glory.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

I Dream This Day of Wondrous Things,
of Peace and Hope and Pride.
I Dance My Dance with Life Today,
I'm Filled with Love Inside.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

This day I will marry my friend,
the one I laugh with, live for, dream with, love.
- Anonymous

My joy is the golden sunset
giving thanks for another day.
Gratitude itself is a source of joy.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Just stop it. Seriously.
Whatever it is. Just stop it.
If only for an hour, a day, a week.
Stop doing it long enough to get a glimpse
of what the change would actually look like.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

Start living now.
Stop saving the good china
for that special occasion.
Stop withholding your love
until that special person materializes.
Every day you are alive is a special occasion.
Every minute, every breath, is a gift from God.
- Mary Manin Morrissey

Grant That I May Radiate Thy Light, Thy Love,
Thy Healing, Thy Joy, and Thy Peace,
to All Those Around Me
and All Those in My Thoughts
This Day and Ever More.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Today is my day to honor my being,
release each and every struggle,
gather strength from life's storms,
relax into the arms of spirit.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

I look to a day when people will not be judged
by the color of their skin,
but by the content of their character.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

The way to happiness is what I call Zero-Based Gratitude.
Each day be happy and grateful for what you have,
independent of yesterday and of other people.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Seize the day (Carpe Diem)
- ancient Roman proverb

Believe in yourself,
in your vision for your future
and in your ability to take a small step
each day toward achieving your vision.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Make Today count. Today - each Today -
is the most important day of your life.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

This day I see that pretty much all
my correspondences are love letters.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

I have a dream that one day every valley shall be exalted,
every hill and mountain shall be made low,
the rough places will be made straight
and the glory of the Lord shall be revealed
and all flesh shall see it together.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

Write it on your heart that every day
is the best day in the year.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

May today be your day to dance lightly with life.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Take time to laugh.
It is the music of the soul.
Take time to think.
It is the source of power.
Take time to play.
It is the source of perpetual youth.
Take time to read.
It is the fountain of wisdom.
Take time to pray.
It is the greatest power on Earth.
Take time to love and be loved.
It is a God-given privilege.
Take time to be friendly.
It is the road to happiness.
Take time to give.
It is too short a day to be selfish.
Take time to work.
It is the price of success.
- Anonymous

I have always been regretting that
I was not as wise as the day I was born.
- Henry David Thoreau

Give a man a fish and he will eat for a day,
teach a man to fish and he will eat for a lifetime.
- Chinese Proverb

What are you committed to?
Have you started, or are you still thinking about it -
and making excuses?
Do you work toward your goal each day?
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

May a rainbow run beside you in a sky that's always blue.
And may happiness fill your heart each day your whole life through.
- Irish Blessing

Never mind what others do;
do better than yourself,
beat your own record from day to day,
and you are a success.
- William J. H. Boetcker

Love that does not renew itself every day
becomes a habit and in turn a slavery.
- Khalil Gibran

An early-morning walk is a blessing for the whole day.
- Henry David Thoreau

Know that today is your day to dance lightly with life.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

A Happy Day is a day I see all of life
with the eyes of compassion.
- Rory J. Corsiglia

Loving is the most unmitigated
and courageous act I perform in a day.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

Great opportunities to help others seldom come,
but small ones surround us every day.
- Sally Koch

I have a dream that my four little children will one day
live in a nation where they will
not be judged by the color of their skin,
but by the content of their character.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

Today is a Happy Day because I say it is.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

There are other measures of self-respect for a man,
than the number of clean shirts he puts on every day.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

You can't live a perfect day without doing something
for someone who will never be able to repay you.
- John Wooden

Today is my day to dance lightly with life,
sing wild songs of adventure,
invite rainbows & butterflies out to play,
soar my spirit, and unfurl my joy.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

We have a choice every day regarding
the attitude we will embrace for that day.
- Charles Swindoll


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