“I so much want you to be with me. I so much want you to be close to me. I know all your thoughts. I hear all your words. I see all your actions. And I love you because you are beautiful, made in my own image, an expression of my most intimate love. Do not judge yourself. Do not condemn yourself. Do not reject yourself. Let my love touch the deepest, most hidden corners of your heart and reveal to you your own beauty, a beauty that you have lost sight of, but that will become visible to you again in the light of my mercy. Come, come, let me wipe your tears, and let my mouth come close to your ear and say to you, ‘I love you, I love you, I love you.’ “(Henri Nouwen, You are the Beloved).
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“[Jesus] did not come to change God’s mind about us. It did not need changing. Jesus came to change our minds about God—and about ourselves—and about where goodness and evil really lie (Richard Rohr, Daily Meditation, April 14, 2014).
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“When we learn to fall, we learn that only by letting go our grip on all that we ordinarily find most precious—our achievements, our plans, our loved ones, our very selves—can we find, ultimately, the most profound freedom. In the act of letting go of our lives, we return more fully to them. (Philip Simmons, Learning to Fall, The Blessings of an Imperfect Life).
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“We must imitate His life, we must let it all the way into ours, absorbing His eternal action and recreating it in our actual living. This principle of absorption, intrinsic in the act of imitation, is crucial. Because virtue isn’t learned like an academic discipline. We learn virtue like we learn to ride a bicycle, not by someone lecturing on balance or memorizing some formulas of forward motion. But by being given a little push, by being held as we get the pedals round, by being lifted up when we fall down—and then repeating that process over-and-over. That’s how we learn virtue, in relationship, in collaboration, or to put in the words of our Christian ancestors, by imitation “(firstname.lastname@example.org).
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“As Christians committed to social justice, we are not called to merely put our fingers in the air to detect which way the wind is blowing, as so many politicians and candidates do. We are called instead to change the wind” (Jim Wallis in Sojourner, May, 2019).
Wow! And thank you!
You are very welcome!
Thank you for those gems.
On Wed, Apr 17, 2019 at 7:50 AM Living as Apprentices wrote:
> livingasapprentices posted: ” “I so much want you to be with me. I so much > want you to be close to me. I know all your thoughts. I hear all your > words. I see all your actions. And I love you because you are beautiful, > made in my own image, an expression of my most intimate love. Do ” >