"Yes, Cassie, your short life has made a lot of difference. You understood that every day we have to make choices, and that the choices we make are the building blocks of who we are. Your affirmation of faith in God did not come out of the blue, but out of every choice you made along the way.
“Do you believe in God?”
Cassie could not have answered that question if she had not already asked it of herself many times and answered Yes many times, and each time answered it affirmatively. The Yes came deeper and deeper from her heart and mind and soul, so deep that she could say Yes even though it endangered her life. And, in the end, cost her her life….Do we believe in God? Yes, Cassie. Thank you."
— Madeleine L’Engle
July 1999, Goshen CT
Forward in “She Said Yes: The Unlikely Martyrdom of Cassie Bernall.”
"You should never allow your yesterday to use up too much of today. The past is gone and tomorrow is at best a maybe. Live for this moment because it may be all you’ll ever have."
— Tsalagi (via blankcure)
"The rhythm of solitude, once so intimidating, began to feel comfortable. Aloneness, I was learning, does not have to equal loneliness."
— John Grogan in “Learn the Rhythm of Solitude: A Backpack Hike Shows Grace that Comes in Solitude” - 8/21/2006 (via blankcure)
"Is MAN ever a creature to be trusted with wholly irresponsible power?…Are the honorable, the just, the high-minded and compassionate, the majority anywhere in this world?"
— Harriet Beecher Stowe in Uncle Tom’s Cabin (via blankcure)