Quote of the Week:
"God has fallen out of containment in religion
and into human hearts—God is incarnating. Our whole unconscious
is in an uproar from the God Who wants to know and to be known."
~C. G. Jung
All People "Saved" in the End....
"There are some cases where we cannot easily
make up. I thank my God for the faith that there is a time coming
when every conscience will become awake, when everyone who has
done wrong to another will be able to say to him, 'I am sorry.'
I have faith in the Infinite One from whom I came. . . . I believe
His Spirit will reach every heart; it may be thousands of years
before it all happens, yet the words will come, 'I am sorry;
forgive me.' " George MacDonald, Lecture on Dante, 1887
"As long as there is any hate in us we are
not ready for heaven, not as long as we're shutting the golden
doors on anyone else...the heavenly banquet cannot begin until
we are all there, and I can greet with love...everybody who
has caused me pain, and call out a welcome to them all. The
heavenly banquet cannot begin until all those whom I have hurt
are ready to welcome me, in all my flawed and contradictory
"Belief in hell is lack of faith because
it attributes more power to Satan than to God...but it is God
who has the last word!
"God is not going to abandon creation, nor
the people up for trial in criminal court, nor the Shiites,
nor the communists, or the warmongers, nor the greedy and corrupt
people in high places, nor the dope pushers, nor you, nor me.
Bitter tears of repentance may be shed before we can join the
celebration, but it won't be complete until we are all there."
Earth is crammed with heaven,
and every common bush afire with God,
but only he who sees
takes off his shoes.
--Elizabeth Barrett Browning
The Opposite of Love is....?
"Where love rules, there is no will to power;
and where power predominates, there love is lacking. The one
is the shadow of the other." ~ Carl Jung
"The Opposite of Love is not hate, but power"
Toward A More Inclusive Spirituality:
"Do not say, I follow the one true path of the
Spirit, but rather, I have found the Spirit walking on my path.
For the Spirit walks on all paths. by Khalil Gibran "
How Far Does the Love and Salvation of God
"The cross of Christ means that the salvation
of God goes deeper down than the deepest depths of iniquity
man can commit. No person can get beyond the reach of Jesus;
He made a way back to the throne of God from the very heart
of hell by His tremendous atonement" Oswald Chambers,
the Essay, It is Finished
' ........Nothing is inexorable but love. Love
which will yield to prayer is imperfect and poor. Nor is it
then the love that yields, but its alloy. . . . For love loves
unto purity. Love has ever in view the absolute loveliness of
that which it beholds. Where loveliness is incomplete, and love
cannot love its fill of loving, it spends itself to make more
lovely, that it may love more; it strives for perfection, even
that itself may be perfected--not in itself, but in the object.
. . . Therefore all that is not beautiful in the beloved, all
that comes between and is not of love's kind, must be destroyed.
And our God is a consuming fire..........' quoted in the C S
Lewis 'Anthology' from George Macdonald's Unspoken Sermons,
Volume 1 - 'The Consuming Fire'. Full text can be read
"It may be said of sleep as well as in regard
of death, It is sown in weakness, it is raised in power....''
No one can deny the power of the wearied body to paralyse the
soul; but I have a correlate theory which I love, and which
I expect to find true that, while the body wearies the mind,
it is the mind that restores vigour to the body, and then, like
the man who has built him a stately palace, rejoices to dwell
in it. I believe that, if there be a living, conscious love
at the heart of the universe, the mind, in the quiescence of
it's consciousness in sleep,comes into a less disturbed contact
with it's origin, the heart of creation; whence gifted with
calmness and strength for itself, it grows able to impart comfort
to the weary frame. The cessation of labour affords but the
necessary occasion; makes it possible as it were, for the occupant
of an outlying station of the wilderness to return to his Father's
house for fresh supplies.... The child-soul goes home at night,
and returns in the morning to the labours of the school." --George
Christianity seems at first to be all about morality,
all about duties and rules and guilt and virtue, yet it leads
you on, out of all that, into something beyond. One has a glimpse
of a country where they do not talk of those things, except
perhaps as a joke. Every one there is filled full with what
we should call goodness as a mirror is filled with light. But
they do not call it goodness. They do not call it anything.
They are not thinking of it. They are too busy looking at the
source from which it comes. ........C S Lewis -- Mere Christianity
"First you leap, then you grow wings"
(William Sloane Coffin, referring to "faith")
"My Lord God, I have no idea where I am going,
I do not see the road ahead of me, I cannot know for certain
where it will end. Nor do I really know myself, and the fact
that I think I am following your will does not mean that I am
actually doing so. But I believe that the desire to please you
does in fact please you. And I hope I have that desire in all
that I am doing. I hope that I will never do anything apart
from that desire. And I know that if I do this you will lead
me by the right road, though I may know nothing about it. Therefore,
I will trust you always, though I may seem to be lost and in
the shadow of death. I will not fear, for you are ever with
me, and you will never leave me to face my perils alone."
Thomas Merton--Thoughts in Solitude
"That God is one is more profound than
that there is one God" (Thomas Cahill)
“There is within us a fundamental dis-ease,
an unquenchable fire that renders us incapable, in this life,
of ever coming to full peace. This desire lies at the center
of our lives, in the marrow of our bones, and in the deep recesses
of the soul. At the heart of all great literature, poetry, art,
philosophy, psychology, and religion lies the naming and analyzing
of this desire. Spirituality is, ultimately, about what we do
with that desire. What we do with our longings, both in terms
of handling the pain and the hope they bring us, that is our
spirituality . . . Augustine says: ‘You have made us for yourself,
Lord, and our hearts are restless until they rest in you.’ Spirituality
is about what we do with our unrest.”
The Holy Longing, Ronald Rolheiser
"To say I am made in the image of God is to say that
love is the reason for my existence, for God is love"
--Thomas a Kempis
"Have you been asking God what he is going
to do? He will never tell you. God does not tell you what He
is going to do; He reveals to you who He is" --Oswald Chambers.
"At the end of the game, both the king and
the pawn go into the same box"--Italian saying
"People who think of God as a warrior may become
warriors themselves, whether in a Christian crusade, a Muslim
jihad, or an apocalyptically oriented militia. People who think
of God as righteous are likely to emphasize righteousness themselves,
just as those who think of God as compassionate are likely to
emphasize compassion. People who think God is angry at the world
are likely to be angry at the world themselves." Marcus
Borg, The God We Never Knew
".........And I smiled to think God's greatness
flowed around our incompleteness Round our restlessness His
rest." [Elizabeth Barrett Browning - 1806-1861]
Though you can fashion everything
From nothing every day, and teach
The morning stars to sing,
You have lacked articulate speech
To tell Your simplest want, and known,
Wailing upon a woman's knee,
All of that worst ignominy
Of flesh and bone...
(From "A Prayer for My Son" WB Yeats)
"Great improvisers are like priests...
they are thinking only of their God"
A Key to Forgiveness
"If we could only read the secret history
of our enemies, we would find in each man's life sorrow and
suffering enough to disarm all hostility"--Henry Wadsworth
"Where was my heart to flee for refuge from my heart? Whither
was I to fly, where I would not follow? In what place should
I not be prey to myself?" The Confessions of St. Augustine Book
Four, Chapter VII
"Thank God for the night and darkness and sleep in which
good things draw nigh like God's thieves, and steal themselves
in --- water into wells, and peace and hope and courage into
the minds of men" (excerpt from: ''St. Michael and St.
George'' by George MacDonald
"If you want your children to be intelligent, read them
fairy tales. If you want them to be more intelligent, read them
more fairy tales." (Albert Einstein)
"Deeper meaning resides in the fairy tales told me in
my childhood than in any truth that is taught in life."
"The fairy tale journey may look like an outward trek
across plains and mountains, through castles and forests, but
the actual movement is inward, into the lands of the soul."
( Terri Windling)
"In a utilitarian age, of all other times, it is a matter
of grave importance that fairy tales should be respected".
--Alberta Ballet season series, Fairy Tales
One who not merely beholds the outward shows
of things, but catches a glimpse of the soul that looks out
of them, whose garment and revelation they are--if he be such,
I say, he will stand, for more than a moment, speechless with
something akin to that which made the morning stars sing together.
- George MacDonald "What's Mine's Mine"
"He is no fool to give what he cannot keep to
gain what he cannot lose." Jim Elliott
"When two great forces collide, the victory
will go to the one that knows how to yield"--Taoist saying
"Accident happens throughout the universe except, perhaps, in the
chamber of the human heart." Nels Gunnderssen, Snow Falling on
C S Lewis, in 'The Problem of Pain' wrote, "God whispers to
us in our pleasures, speaks to us in our conscience, but shouts in our
pain: It is the megaphone to rouse a deaf world"...
Along this line, George MacDonald wrote,
"For this, deep waters whelm the fruitful lea,
Wars ravage, famine wastes, plague withers, nor
Shall cease till men have chosen the better part."
(Diary of an Old Soul, June 3)
"Difficulty on the way to victory is opportunity for God to
work". Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
"There is a major shift in basic spirituality from dealing with
life and God as a problem to be solved and with life and God as a mystery
to be entered" Eugene Peterson, letter 1/29/99.
Truth as Heresy: "A man may be an heretic in the truth, and if he
believes things only because his pastor says so, or the assembly so
determines, without knowing other reasons, though his belief be true, yet
the very truth he holds becomes his heresy." (F.W. Farrar, History of
Milton says, "Who overcomes by force hath overcome but half his
"I've always loved numbers. They have taken me from the
mathematical to the metaphysical to the delusional, and back again. It is
only in the mysterious equations of love that reason is found." And, nodding
to his wife in the audience Nash concluded, "you are my reason."
John Nash, A Beautiful Mind
Einstein when asked what question he would desire the answer to most before
dying replied: "The Universe, is it friendly?"
We are in Him and He within us. For in God "we live and move and
have our being" -St. Paul
Usually people mad at God are simply mad at a false god projected by the
fundamentalist part of the church...the two faced god who tortures his
enemies forever in "hell" (while asking us to forgive ours).
The Existence of God: Two physicists at the University of California
Berkeley, studying in the realm of theoretical physics concluded: "The
fundamental processes of the universe occur outside space and time."
This indicates a spiritual reality beyond our known dimensions…
"The more holy the heart, the less the outward eye can detect
it" Jean-Pierre De Caussade (no more phony displays of humility; the
thought of judging another person becomes preposterous).
Line from Episcopal hymn #49: "He rose, the prince of life and
peace, and stamped the day forever his…"
Line from Episcopal hymn #535: "God rules on high almighty to save,
and still he is nigh: his presence we have…"
"It's the impeded stream that sings"-Wendall Berry
Daisetz Suzuki (1870-1966), the Zen-master who brought Zen to America,
when asked, "What is Zen" replied: "Infinite Gratitude to
all things Past. Infinite service to all things Present, and infinite
responsibility to all things future."
Christians, Jews and Muslims claim to "own" God
(though not all members of these religions make this claim).
Native Americans, though, seem not to have this sense of ownership
of God and the earth. Rather, they tend to feel "owned"
by God, even as they "owe" the earth for their existence.
Two widely divergent worldviews.
"Does truth prevail more if we are not on speaking terms with those
whose view of truth differs from ours?" C.H. Dodd
The superlative language of religious devotion is expressed by John
Hicks as, "The poetry of devotion and the hyperbole of the
The Christian Houston Smith's primary Hindu Teacher observed:
"Christianity is one blazing pathway of love. Nothing in religious
history can rival this pathway of love."
The decisive revelation of God is found, to Christians in Jesus; to
Muslims, in the Quran; to Jews in the Torah. Four ways to God in Hinduism:
Knowledge, Love, Service, Meditation.
"I am an emptiness for Thee to fill; my soul a cavern for Thy
"Hearken O Israel: YHWH our God, YHWH is One!' The great formula is
not that there is one God but that "God is One" (Thomas
Cahill, The Gifts of the Jews).
"True solitude is deeply aware of the world's needs. It does not
hold the world at arm's length" Thomas Merton wrote. The actual
Christian task involves "accepting ourselves as we are in our
confusion, infidelity, disruption, ferment, and even desperation."
"Commands and prohibitions are not for observance, but to
demonstrate our weakness, that we may see our own weakness and thereby
recognize and confess God's power" -Islamic poet/mystic Rumi
"No wild beasts are so cruel as the Christians in their dealings
with each other" -Ammianus Marcellinus (c. AD 330-95)
Just because many idolatrous images of God clamber from some churches
incessantly, it doesn't necessarily follow that therefore no deity exists
worthy of our worship.
"God is everywhere that the eyes of our soul want to see...."
Karen, one week in AA
Martin Luther said, "The curses of the ungodly are more pleasing to
God's ears than the hallelujahs of the pious"
George MacDonald articulated a hope about our departed animal
friends. Referring to animals and pets, he commented, "Their
immortality is no new faith with me, but as old as my childhood."
Again, he argued for the animals when he said, "I know
of no reason why I should not look for the animals to rise again,
in the same sense in which I hope myself to rise again--which
is, to reappear, clothed with another and better form of life
than before. If the Father will raise his children, why should
he not also raise those whom he has taught his little ones to
(Life Essential: The Hope of the Universe, George MacDonald).
"I wish it (Christianity) were more productive of good works
... I mean real good works ... not holy day keeping, sermon-hearing
... or making long prayers, filled with flatteries and compliments
despised by wise men, and much less capable of pleasing the
Deity." - Benjamin Franklin
"Friendship is born at that moment when one person says
to another: What! You too? I thought I was the only one."
"Is it not a serving of Satan to flatter their pride by making them
conquerors of the armies of their nation instead of their own evils?"
George MacDonald, Unspoken Sermons.
May the road rise up to meet you, May the wind be always at your back,
May the sun shine warm upon your face, And the rain fall soft upon your
fields, And until we meet again, May God hold you In the palm of his hand.
Between the Extremes: "The real question is whether we can learn
anything from our experiences upon which we may grow and help others to
grow in the likeness and image of God. We know that if we rebel against
doing that which is reasonably possible for us, then we will be penalized.
And we will be equally penalized if we presume in ourselves a perfection
that simply is not there. Apparently, the course of relative humility and
progress will have to lie somewhere between these extremes. In our slow
progress away from rebellion, true perfection is doubtless several
millennia away" -Bill W. in a letter, 1959
"When Christianity came to be interpreted by the straightforward,
dull, unspiritual legal mind of Rome, the Gospel went into a fearful
eclipse. When the Greek thought of Christ gave way to the Latin, a night
came upon the Christian world that has extended to the present day. Then
were born all those half-views, distorted views, and false views of
Christian doctrine and Christian life that have perverted the Gospel,
puzzled the human intellect and grieved the human heart through all the
long centuries from that day to this" -Rev. S. Crane, The
Universalist Quarterly, January 1878
The work of God: "The only basis on which to work for God is an
esteemed appreciation of his deliverance." (Oswald Chambers, The