“There are times in our lives when we feel like exiles—living in a foreign land, oppressed by forces beyond our control, held captive by our own inner impulses or by external influences. We can feel alienated from God, from people, even estranged from our own selves—not really the people we know ourselves to be. Like soldiers returning home after a stressful tour of duty, we can feel that we need help to rebuild our lives, to reconnect with those we love, to find new meaning and purpose to our lives—to rediscover our mission” (The Living Word, January 10, 2010).
“The real problem is –Can the lion lie down with the lamb and still retain his royal ferocity? That is the problem the Church attempted, that is the miracle she achieved … This is what I have called guessing the hidden eccentricities of life. This is knowing that a man’s heart is to the left and not in the middle. This is knowing not only that the earth is round, but knowing exactly where it is flat. Christian doctrine detected the oddities of life. It not only discovered the law, but it foresaw the exceptions. Those underrate Christianity who say that it discovered mercy; any one might discover mercy. In fact every one did. But to discover a plan for being merciful and also severe—that was to anticipate a strange need of human nature.”
Living in the moment,
caught laughing in the eye of whirling paradox:
time and matter frozen, floating:
a reminder of gum on the bottom of your shoe,
and papers growing like spring grass on your desk.
lion and lamb,
passion and asceticism,
blind justice and wide-eyed benevolence,