From My Reading

“The great temptation is to keep blaming those who were closest to us for our present condition saying: “You made me who I am now, and I hate who I am.” The great challenge is to acknowledge our hurts and claim our true selves as being more than the result of what other people do to us. Only when we can claim our God-made selves as the true source of our being will we be free to forgive those who have wounded us” (Henri Nouwen in Bread for the Journey).

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“Let  me ask a spiritual direction question: What is the temptation to become irritated really about . . . . Irritation can serve as a kind of red flag for us, a way for God to get our attention.  Irritation should ring a temptation alarm bell in our ears. My irritation points to an attachment, a disordered love. If I were not attached to this particular thing or outcome, I could just notice (let’s say the critical comment) without my emotional blood pressure going through the roof.  God, instead, invites us to practice letting go (in advance of any particular outcome to practice detachment” (Robert Moore-Jumonville, in an essay for the Renovare book club study of The Screwtape Letters).

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“It may be helpful, from time to time, to picture yourself as a child learning to walk. No one scolds a little one when they stumble, and we shouldn’t scold ourselves either. Falling down is part of growing up. God doesn’t expect us to be flawless, He expects us to flourish. We’re going to make mistakes. If we respond to them in the right way, we deepen in humility and He renovates the image of God inside of us. ‘Accepting the reality of our sinfulness,’ wrote Brennan Manning ‘means accepting our authentic self. Judas could not face his shadow; Peter could'” (Jon Bailey in jonathanrbailey.com).

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“If a Christian is to learn how to pray and grow in prayer, certain character virtues and dispositions are essential. ‘The disposition we need to cultivate, even when care weighs heaviest, is that of remembering that God exists and loves us; that we are not alone, lost, ridiculous in the presence of nothingness or horror; that there is Another, whom we may approach in union with Christ, in him, in the depths of our being’” (Chris Hall, quoting Abba Isaac, in the Renovare Weekly Digest for April 6, 2018).

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“As we who follow Jesus try to balance our own call to work for God’s reign with our need to rest and renew, we can learn much who have so beautifully integrated the demands and gifts of their own faith. We can live discipleship as Matthew describes it: a balance of fully committed action in the world centered by the time to renew and rest in our fundamental identity as God’s beloved” (Michaela Bruzzese in Sojourner for May, 2018).

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One Response to From My Reading

  1. Barbara Steen says:

    Nice collection. Thank you. I will be sharing it.

    On Wed, Apr 25, 2018 at 8:49 AM Living as Apprentices wrote:

    > livingasapprentices posted: ” “The great temptation is to keep blaming > those who were closest to us for our present condition saying: “You made me > who I am now, and I hate who I am.” The great challenge is to acknowledge > our hurts and claim our true selves as being more than the res” >

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