Reviews of Theology, Broadly Understood

Thursday, April 19, 2007

"Faith" by Blessed Charles de Foucauld

"Real faith, faith that inspires all one's action, faith in the supernatural which strips the world of its mask and reveals God in all things, which abolishes the notion of "impossible," and empties the words "anxiety," "danger," and "fear," of their meaning; which gives life calm, peace, deep joy, like a child holding its mother's hand; which detaches the soul so completely from earthly things by showing up their total lack of importance and their childishness; which bestows such confidence in prayer, the confidence of a child asking its father for something useful; the faith which shows that "apart from what is agreeable to God, everything is vanity"........Oh, how rare that is!..........My God, give me real faith....help the little faith I have!"

True Freedom, by Henri Nouwen

"True freedom is the freedom of the children of God. To reach that freedom requires a lifelong discipline since so much in our world militates against it.

"But the spiritual truth that leads to freedom is the truth that we belong not to the world but to God, whose beloved children we are. By living lives in which we keep returning to that truth in word and deed, we will gradually grow into our true freedom."

Friday, April 6, 2007

Acceptance

"How to cope with unpleasant conditions? Be willing to have it so! Acceptance of what has happened is the first step in overcoming the consequences of any misfortune. Don't fight - if you can't beat it - ACCEPT IT. Be willing to have it so. Then adjust. When fate closes one door, Faith opens another. Seek the open door. "

William James
(Varieties of Religious Experience)