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“On the sure rock of God’s love we must build our lives. Every effort must be made to convince ourselves of this love: God’s unfailing, unshakable love for me, no matter what it feels like, no matter how unlike love it seems. What can matter in this life save to surrender to this love?”
– Ruth Burrows –
“Courage, for the One you love, the only One who can heal your wound, dwells within you and invites you to intimacy.”
– St John of the Cross –
“The deepest part of our selves is far away, in our true country, beyond the land of thunder, frost, and ‘falling buildings,’ at the still center of the turning world.”
– Robert Ellsberg –
Let yourself be loved. . . . That is, without fearing that any obstacle will be a hindrance to it.”
– St Elizabeth of the Trinity –
“I learn to delight in myself, that I am I and no one else. I despise nothing in myself except the desire to stand on self. I thank God for what he has done in the unique situation which is my life. Even my sins and failures, the black shadows, are seen in the context of love, perhaps fulfilling the same role as pieces of black lead in a stained-glass window, making the colour even more glorious.”
– Ruth Burrows –
“In his aloneness on the cross – ‘My God, why…?’ – the Son of God included in his relationship with his Father all our dryness, confusion, incapacity, before the divine mystery. He consecrated it, folded it into his return to the Father’s house. Those bewildered by a Father who is not just at their disposal are accompanied by the derelict Christ, reassuring and strengthening them.”
– Iain Matthew –
“Are you convinced that Jesus loves you in your absolute uniqueness? We are not a faceless crowd. The Lord is not content that you are content with touching his robe, he wants to be face to face with you. He wants your embrace, your kiss of love. No one can give him the particular love and the special joy that you can give.”
– Ruth Burrows –
“Do not fear the void. Live in faith and hope, even though it be in darkness, for in this darkness God is supporting the soul.”
– Iain Matthew, OCD (adapted) –
“If Lent makes us think of an austere, judgmental or frightening God, we need to recall the God of the Psalms who ‘delights’ in us, the God proclaimed by the prophet Zephaniah: ‘he will rejoice over you with happy song, he will renew you by his love, he will dance with shouts of joy for you, as on a day of festival.’ This is encouraging indeed.”
– James McCaffrey, OCD –
“What we cannot accept is that we are the beloved. . . . That I am the beloved. God longs for me, He presses on my heart with a tender, humble, hunger for me. He wants to possess me. . . . To be so loved and so wanted is so terrifying and so awful that we can see why we shrink from believing it.”
– Sister Wendy Beckett –