Don’t be like Quasimodo.

I just have a couple quotes for you today.  I started reading The Ragamuffin Gospel by Brennan Manning this summer and it’s chock full of grace.  I haven’t finished it yet but I certainly would expect some more quotes from it in the future.

“Grace strikes us when we are in great pain and restlessness.  It strikes us when we walk through the dark valley of a meaningless and empty life… It strikes us when, year after year, the longed-for perfection does not appear, when the old compulsions reign within us as they have for decades, when despair destroys all joy and courage.  Sometimes at that moment a wave of light breaks into our darkness, and it is as though a voice were saying: “You are accepted. You are accepted, accepted by that which is greater than you, and the name of which you do not know.  Do not ask for the name now; perhaps you will find it later.  Do not try to do anything now; perhaps later you will do much.  Do not seek for anything, do not perform anything, do not intend anything.  Simply accept the fact that you are accepted.”  If that happens to us, we experience grace.”                                                                                                     Paul Tillich The Shaking of the Foundations

“Whatever our failings may be, we need not lower our eyes in the presence of Jesus .  Unlike Quasimodo, the hunchback of Notre Dame, we need not hide all that is ugly and repulsive in us.  Jesus comes not for the super-spiritual but for the wobbly and the weak-kneed who know they don’t have it all together, and who are not too proud to accept the handout of amazing grace.  As we glance up, we are astonished to find the eyes of Jesus open with wonder, deep with understanding, and gentle with compassion.”                                                                                                       Brennan Manning The Ragamuffin Gospel

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