From My Reading

“Catholic Worker founder Dorothy Day (1897–1980) was fond of citing Catherine [of Sienna’s] inspiration in her own reflections, often writing “All the way to heaven is heaven.”  I’d also add “It’s hell all the way to hell.” You’re choosing your destiny right now. You are responsible, not God. Do you want to live in love and communion? Or do you want to live in constant opposition to others and life itself?

As we observe our politics, antagonism appears to be the primary style of communication today—how to fight and win, how to be suspicious, how to be hateful, how to tell lies. Who can we exclude now? Which race, religion, or group is unworthy? (All in the name of God, remember!) That’s simply hell right now. And an awful lot of people, even those who call themselves Christian, appear to be living in a hell of their own construction” (Richard Rohr, Daily Meditation for April 28).

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“When our desire for recognition and approval is ordered rightly, it’s transformed away from vainglory toward magnanimity “MAG-NAH-NIM-UH-TEE”. Magnanimity is the virtue that showcases the genuine goodness inside us, writes Rebecca K. DeYoung. The magnanimous person understands they’re thoroughly known and unconditionally accepted by God. They have a deep peace about who they are and who they are becoming. They know the glory inside their body is not theirs—it’s Gods. It’s His virtue filling and freeing them” (jonathan@jonathanrbailey.com., April 28, 2919).

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“When we do the best we can, we never know what miracle is wrought in our life, or in the life of another” (Helen Keller).

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“Silence is that moment in which we not only stop the discussion with others but also the inner discussions with ourselves, in which we can breathe in freely and accept our identity as a gift. . . .Without silence the Spirit will die in us and the creative energy of our life will float away and leave us alone, cold, and tired. Without silence we will lose our center and become the victim of the many who constantly demand our attention” (Henri Nouwen, You Are the Beloved).

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God doesn’t seem to be in the habit of pushing himself upon people. The question is not what manifestation the Spirit will take, but rather what are you willing to let him do? Grace allows us to start where we are and works with us as we grow in our openness and awareness” (Nathan Foster, The Six Streams and Hope for a New Reformation, Renovare Weekly Digest, May 6-10).

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