Category Archives: Quote of the Week

Brueggemann on Jesus’ …”Blessed are those who mourn”

“Jesus takes quite a dialectical two-age view of things. He will not be like one-world liberals who view the present world as the only one, nor will he be like the unworldly who yearn for the future with an unconcern about the present. There is work to be done in the present. There is grief...

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Quote of the week – Annie Dillard

“On the whole, I do not find Christians, outside of the catacombs, sufficiently sensible of conditions. Does anyone have the foggiest idea what sort of power we so blithely invoke? Or, as I suspect, does no one believe a word of it? The churches are children playing on the floor with their chemistry sets, mixing...

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St. Elizabeth

“It is easier for a feeble straw to resist a mighty fire than for the nature of sin to resist the power of love. We must cultivate this love in our souls, that we may take our place with all the saints, for they were all-pleasing unto God through their love for their neighbor.” ~Saint...

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The day the Lord spoke…

Today sure feels like one of those. I was impacted by numerous things in my daily tasks. This post will take the shape of a bit f reflection, some blog links, a picture and some quotes, as those are all the things that have stirred something in my heart today. I am not sure whether...

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the missional encounter…

“The missional encounter……is like having the right prescription for a particular ailment. That can only occur via careful examination through listening and asking the right questions. In a world of rapidly mutating viruses, it sometimes requires that new remedies be created. Popping Advil may appear to work, but will not lead to a lasting cure,...

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Quote of the Week

“It’s a big book, full of big stories with big characters. They have big ideas (not least about themselves) and make big mistakes. It’s about God and greed and grace; about life, lust, laughter and loneliness. It’s about birth, beginnings, and betrayal; about siblings, squabbles, and sex; about power and prayer and prison and passion….And...

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What the Church does when it is being the Church…

“In an oppressive society if a group stands up to take care of the lambs, it automatically stands up against the wolves.” ~Vishal Mangalwadi I feel this simple statement reflects the two fold effect of faithful Christian witness. It kind of reminds me of Jesus and his acts of compassion toward those untouchable ones of...

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Voice of the day….after a bit of silence

It’s been over four days since I’ve put anything up on the blog; apologies to the regular readers looking for new stuff. I’ve been swamped. Ive also felt a little blocked for new material. I don’t want to throw stuff up on the site just because, but because I’ve been inspired to do so. New...

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Standing in the midst of nourishment..

Macrina Wiederkeher in her work, A Tree Full of Angels, reflects on the spiritual emptiness we who live in this vast land of plenty often face. She writes: “We stand in the midst of nourishment and we starve. We dwell in the land of plenty, yet we persist in going hungry. Not only do we...

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Thomas A Kempis – Wisdom and Imagination in preparation for Lent

“My sons and daughters, do not let the work you have undertaken for me wear you down, nor let tribulation dishearten you, but always let my promise strengthen and console you. The reward I offer you is beyond measure and without limit. You will not labour here much longer nor will you always be weighted...

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Voice of the Day

“Because Jesus’ teachings are so challenging and radical, it is much more comfortable to focus on a quiet, private, personal relationship with him than it is to follow his teachings that call for a public prophetic witness.” – Alvin Alexi Currier

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Ten Propositions on self-love

Form Faith and Teology, well worth the read… by Kim Fabricius1. There is a lot of BS talked about “self-love.” Allow me to wield a pitchfork and begin a cleanout of this particular Augean stable, the whiff of which has become unbearable in our shamelessly therapeutic culture. 2. It is often said that self-love is...

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The Voice in the Garden of Solitude

Henri Nouwen says… “Solitude is the garden for our hearts, which yearn for love. It is the place where our aloneness can bear fruit. It is the home for our restless bodies and anxious minds. Solitude, whether it is connected with a physical space or not, is essential for our spiritual lives. It is not...

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Two quotes that say so much about worship and the Church…

Erika Haub at The Margins shares her Quote of the day with us…well, actually, it’s two quotes for the price of one that speak volumes about the topic of worship/ecclesiology that has seen some popularity of late in light of a controversial blog post a while back.   These two quotes up against each other really...

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Words that bring forth life…

This morning as I was reading prayers from, A Guide to Prayer for All God’s People, the following struck me in a way that made me realize the presence of the Divine…may you realize God’s presence as you allow these words to wash over you…please, let them wash over you. "Every time I say not...

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