Because God is both knowable and unknowable the tension of the symbol, the multilayers of the myth and the openness of the poetic are all vital to our desire to celebrate the Mystery to whom we relate and in whom we have our being.
You must love him as he is: neither God, nor spirit, nor image; even more, the One without commingling, pure, luminous ...
The purpose of our life is God's glory. However lowly a life is, that is what makes it great.
Faith may justify bigotry or fanaticism, as Church history tragically witnesses. It needs a safeguard. If it is not animated as it were by the greatest of the theological virtues (love), faith can become defective.
Dry not, dry not, your tears of love eternal! Only to eyes that fail to weep does this world seem so dull and dead. Dry not, dry not, those long, sad tears of love.
Johann von Goette
The post modern paradigm manifests itself as a unity which preserves diversity and diversity which strives after unity.
There is only one assertion that requires no evidence. Children are a sacred trust...Unless we care properly for our children, we shall never build a better world.
'A Good Childhood’ The Children’s Society
These are only hints and guesses, hints followed by guesses; and the rest is prayer.
'The Dry Salvages' T.S.Eliot
According to strict truth, God is incomprehensible, and incapable of being measured.
Myth is a story about the way things never were, but always are.
In the darkness ...The child of your love - and now become as the most hated one - the one You have thrown away as unwanted - unloved ..... The darkness is so dark .... I have no faith.
I love the Bible. I owe my faith and my life to the Bible and its liberating message. It is in the Bible that I first met Jesus ... I too am included in God's embrace.
It is this great absence that is like a presence, that compels me to address it without hope of a reply ....
Faith is not a proud self-consistent philosophy. It involves maintaining oneself between contradictions that can't be solved by analysis. It is therefore a living response to the grace of God as revealed in fragile lives.
Any religion which does not say that God is hidden is not true.
The contemporary Church is losing aspects of its wide and generous memory and therefore condemning itself to become a 'swimming pool Church' - one that has all the noise coming from the shallow end.
For all your doctrinal headaches take Paradox.
The true vision and the true knowledge of what we seek consists precisely in not seeing, in an awareness that our goal transcends all knowledge and is everywhere cut off from us by the darkness of incomprehensibility.
St Gregory of Nyssa
Death, death be hanged, the Lord has promised me that I shall live. This I believe!
We feel that even when all possible scientific questions have been answered, the problems of life have not been put to rest.
Religion is the flight of the alone to the Alone.
Stupid clergymen appeal quite directly to a Bible passage directly understood ....
What is the point of the arts of reading and criticism as long as the ecclesiastical interpretation of the Bible, Protestant as well as Catholic, is cultivated as ever?
A figure like Ecclesiast, rugged and luminous, chants in the dark a text that is the answer, although obscure.
Myth is the poetry of the soul.
Our loss of the ability to think mythically, poetically, allegorically, creatively, theologically, and artfully is a greater threat to our religious experience than anything good scientists have to report ...
In general, Zen attitude is that words and truth are incompatible, or at least that no words can capture truth.
'God' is a one word poem
What is today? Today is eternity.
Apprehend God in all things, for God is in all things.
The most powerful hunger we have, mostly suppressed and misdirected, is the hunger for God.
We frequently judge that things are as we wish them to be, for through personal feeling true perspective is easily lost.
Thomas a Kempis
Faith is the bird that feels the light and sings when the dawn is still dark.
God is the beyond in our midst.