From My Reading

“Knowing and naming brokenness is essential in the journey toward wholeness. We will not be well by denying the wrongs that we carry within us as nations and religions and communities. Nor will we be well by downplaying them or projecting them onto others. The path to wholeness will take us not around such awareness but through it, confronting the depths of our brokenness. . . . ” (John Philip Newell, quoted in Richard Rohr’s Daily Meditation, October 16, 2018).

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“Man suffers most through his fears of suffering”  (Etty Hillesum,Diary entry (September 30, 1942). See An Interrupted Life: The Diaries, 19411943 and Letters from Westerbork, trans. Arnold J. Pomerans (Henry Holt and Company: 1996), 220; quoted in Richard Rohr’s Daily Meditation, Oct. 25, 2018).

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“While we can find deep fulfillment in a relationship with Christ, it’s normal and healthy to feel unsatisfied with the relationship we can achieve with him now. Perhaps this is even what God wants for us. As we are more intimate with God, he does not want us to decide we’ve had enough; instead he wants us to desire more.  He does not want to merely satisfy our desires, he wants us to desire more.  He does not want to merely satisfy our desires; he wants to transform them

Rather than simply redirect our appetites and consumerism toward Christ, let’s question whether satisfaction is a legitimate goal for our lives. We can, instead, learn to accept and even embrace our lack of satisfaction and lead intentionally unsatisfied lives. And when we let go of our pursuit of satisfaction, we open ourselves to all the other things Christ in- tends to do in and through us”(Amy Simpson in Christianity Today, January/February, 2018).

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“It’s in that convergence of spiritual people becoming active and active people becoming spiritual that the hope of humanity now rests” (Van Jones).

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“Jesus is the Christ appearing among us to reveal God’s love, and the Church is his people called together to make his presence visible in today’s world. . . . Would we have recognized Jesus as the Christ if we had met him many years ago? Are we able to recognize him today in his body, the Church?” (Henri Nouwen in Bread for the Journey).

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One Response to From My Reading

  1. Barbara Steen says:

    I noticed that Van Jones quote too. I am a fan of his. See you next week.

    On Sat, Nov 10, 2018 at 8:32 AM Living as Apprentices wrote:

    > livingasapprentices posted: ” “Knowing and naming brokenness is essential > in the journey toward wholeness. We will not be well by denying the wrongs > that we carry within us as nations and religions and communities. Nor will > we be well by downplaying them or projecting them onto othe” >

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