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"The children of God present nothing peculiar, nothing new, nothing that exercises a compelling power. And so, after standing for a moment in amazement before the comedy of an unreal communion with God, the children of the world turn away supported and confirmed in their knowledge that, after all, the world is the world. With proper instinct for the truth, they do not permit themselves to be imposed upon, and they are thus protected against any turning towards the God of the pious man. Whenever men adopt a point of view of God ; whenever he is not everything and...

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The curse of a godless man can sound more pleasant in God s ears than the Hallelujah of the pious (Bonhoeffer, Life Together). When I write that my own situation in those months of pain and decision can be described as prayer, I do not only recall that during that time I sometimes read the Psalms and they became my psalms, or that, as I have also mentioned, I occasionally cried Jesus and that name was my prayer, but I mean that I also at times would shout Fuck! and that was no obscenity, but a most earnest prayerful utterance...

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I m going to post this because I found it provocative. They are a series of quotes from my Journal that contains quotes from Tracy Kidder s Mountains Beyond Mountains: The Quest for Dr. Paul Farmer, A Man Who Would Cure the World (Random House, 2004): While in Haiti, Farmer became interested in Liberation Theology. He himself is Roman Catholic, but had never came across this kind of Catholicism: The Marxists Farmer had read, and many of the intellectuals he knew, disdained religion, and it was true that some versions of Christianity, and more than a few missionaries, invited impoverished...

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Here s a Journal entry from Saturday, April 30, 2006: I remember as a young boy, in Smiths Falls, Ontario, watching another boy about my age climbing a tree next to a large field. Behind the tree, on the edge of a small bluff, stood a bagpiper playing a mournful dirge on his pipes, dressed in kilt and all, while the sun set. The scene is so beautiful and surreal, that it has an almost dream-like feel to it, but I know it really happened. As I was watching the boy climb the tree, I saw him slip and fall...

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God s work is accomplished most incisively through suffering (Athanasiadis, George Grant and the Theology of the Cross, p. 44). Here s another quote that I think is SO important in any kind of community, especially a Christian one: a direct connection is seen between suffering and the maintenance of religious integrity ( Humility , International Dictionary of the Bible). I believe this is true. I ve seen it over and over again: those who suffer are more likely the ones with true spiritual integrity. Those who live a life of denial and escape from suffering, usually couched in the...

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