Truths Live Beyond the Verbiage in which We Clothe Them
"'Always there seems to be something more to be experienced, to be felt, to know. My mind rejects any conclusion as being final. The greatest source of hope, therefore, for both the present and future, is the awareness of potential in me, in other people, in life itself.'"
-Luther E. Smith, Jr. (quoting Howard Thurman)
Howard Thurman: Mystic As Prophet, 1991
"Why fear the onset of suffering? Fight for victory and success not as absolutes, but as means of survival to appreciate the abundance of God in all of creation."
-Cecil J. Thompson
"'And yet when I love my God I do indeed love a light and a sound and a perfume and a food and an embrace - a light and sound and food and perfume and food and embrace in my inward self. There my soul is flooded with radiance which no space can contain; there a music sounds which time never bears away; there I smell a perfume which no wind disperses; there I taste food that no surfeit embitters; there is an embrace which no satiety severs. It is this [that makes me] Iove my God.'"
-Jurgen Moltman (quoting St. Augustine)
The Source: The Holy Spirit and the
Theology of Life, 1997
"Agape is disinterested love. It is love in which the individual seeks not his own good, but the good of his neighbor (1 Cor. 10:24). Agape does not begin by discriminating between worthy and unworthy people...It begins by loving others for their sakes."
-Martin Luther King, Jr.
"An Experiment in Love," 1953
"God utters me like a word containing a partial thought of Himself. A word will never be able to comprehend the voice that utters it."
New Seeds of Contemplation, 1972
"The issue is globalization and the place of religion, ethics, and theology in it, and the question is whether God is, in any respect, prompting, inviting, allowing or involved in the shaping of this phenomenon."
-Max L. Stackhouse
Globalization and Grace, 1999
"They who are bent on sensible sweetness, labour under another very great imperfection: excessive weakness and remissness on the rugged road of the cross; for the soul that is given to sweetness naturally sets its face against all the pain of self-denial."
-St. John of the Cross
The Dark Night of the Soul, 1916
"Success, progress, and all similar goals are examples of the world's expression of the false self. These social imperatives hold themselves up as absolutes to the extent that we are led to believe that life is nothing but these things. And in this exclusiveness is the falsity. "
Merton's Palace of Nowhere, 1978
"'In him was life; and the life was the light of men.' Wherever his Spirit appears , the oppressed gather fresh courage; for he announced the good news that fear, hypocricy, and hatred, the three hounds of hell that track the trail of the disinherited , need have no dominion over them."
Jesus and the Disinherited, 1976
"Faith works; it is something by which one lives: "'The life I now live, I live by faith'."
-Rufus M. Jones
The Inner Life, 1917
"Restless man's mind is ,
So Strongly shaken
In the grip of the senses:
Gross and grown hard
With stubborn desire
For what is worldly .
How shall he tame it?
Truly , I think
The wind is no wilder"
"Courage is the self-affirmation of being in spite of the fact of non-being."
The Courage to Be
"We accept our vulnerability to become consious of our invulnerability. In culture we protect the vulnerable. And in God we are indistinguishable in an unending flow of God... Divine Consciousness. . .Being Itself."
-Cecil J. Thompson
"Then Moses said to the LORD, “Please, Lord, I have never been eloquent, neither recently nor in time past, nor since You have spoken to Your servant; for I am slow of speech and slow of tongue.” The LORD said to him, “Who has made man’s mouth? Or who makes him mute or deaf, or seeing or blind? Is it not I, the LORD? “Now then go, and I, even I, will be with your mouth, and teach you what you are to say.”
-Exodus 4: 10-12