Martin L. Smith
|A Prayer Diary||
Ash Wednesday is full of joy. In a minute we will sing None and go barefoot to get ashes on our heads to remember, with great relief, that we are dust.
Let me tune out any death-bringing voices, that I may have faith instead of fear; gentle realism instead of wishful thinking; humble self-acceptance instead of morbid self-judgment; communion instead of self-isolation; discipline instead of chaos; gratitude instead of self-pity; self-offering instead of self-centeredness; and light instead of darkness.
Prayer is the opening of mind and heart—our whole being—to God, the Ultimate Mystery, beyond thoughts, words, and emotions.
Br. Thomas Keating
Our work is the love of God. Our satisfaction lies in submission to the divine embrace.
Jan Van Ruysbroeck (1293-1381)
God is incomprehensible to the intellect... Nobody’s mind is powerful enough to grasp who God is. We can only know God by experiencing God’s love. . . .
Cloud of Unknowing
Jesus was a Middle Eastern Palestinian Jew. If he were to travel through Western countries today, he would be “randomly” pulled aside and his person and papers would be checked.
Mitri Raheb (Palestinian Christian, author, and Lutheran pastor who lives and works in Bethlehem)
Why would we chose to love our enemies and do good to those who hate us? Because that is the way of God.
Br. David Vryhof