“The effect of righteousness will be peace, and the result of righteousness, quietness and trust.” —Isaiah 32:17
Loving Your Enemies
Probably no admonition of Jesus has been more difficult to follow than the command to “love your enemies.” Some men have sincerely felt that its actual practice is not possible. It is easy, they say, to love those who love you, but how can one love those who openly and insidiously seek to defeat you? Others, like the philosopher Nietzsche, contend that Jesus’ exhortation to love one’s enemies is testimony to the fact that the Christian ethic is designed for the weak and cowardly, and not for the strong and courageous. Jesus, they say, was an impractical idealist. Continue reading “Desert Day 31: Love Your Enemies …”
If you cannot go into the desert, you must nonetheless ‘make some desert’ in your life, every now and then leaving men and looking for solitude to restore, in prolonged silence and prayer, the stuff of your soul. This is the meaning of ‘desert’ in your spiritual life. Continue reading “Make Some Desert (Advent Meditation) …”
Dear Child of God, I write these words because we all experience sadness, we all come at times to despair, and we all lose hope that the suffering in our lives and in the world will ever end. I want to share with you my faith and my understanding that this suffering can be transformed and redeemed. There is no such thing as a totally hopeless case. Our God is an expert at dealing with chaos, with brokenness, with all the worst that we can imagine. Continue reading “Peace & Compassion Quotes …”
There is no protection against adversity.
There are no guarantees.
What you have is yourself, made
in the image of something very great, Continue reading “There Is No Protection Against Adversity … What You Have Is Yourself …”
Anger, blame, conflict, and resentment arise from our fear.
When we are afraid, our body tightens,
our heart is constricted, our mind is possessed.
We cannot live wisely.
Forgiveness releases us from the power of fear.
It allows us to see with kindly eyes and rest in a wise heart.
Live in joy, in love,
Even among those who hate.
Live in joy, in health,
Even among the afflicted.
Live in joy, in peace,
Even among the troubled.
Look within, be still.
Free from fear and attachment,
Know the sweet joy of the way.
It is not enough to know that love and forgiveness are possible. We have to find ways to bring them to life. The truth is we are not yet free; we have merely achieved the freedom to be free.
We who lived in the concentration camps can remember those who walked through the huts comforting others, giving away their last piece of bread…. They may have been few in number but they offer sufficient proof that everything can be taken from us but the last of human freedoms… the freedom to choose our spirit in any circumstance.
–Viktor E. Frankl
Forgiveness and compassion are not sentimental or weak.
They demand courage and integrity.
Yet they alone can bring about the peace we long for.
True love is not for the faint-hearted.
Quotes from “The Art of Forgiveness, Lovingkindness, and Peace” by Jack Kornfield