The desperate need today is not for a greater number of intelligent people, or gifted people, but for deep people.— Richard J. Foster
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When we genuinely believe that inner transformation is God's work and not ours, we can put to rest our passion to set others straight.
Joy, not grit, is the hallmark of holy obedience.
We need to be light-hearted in what we do to avoid taking ourselves too seriously. It is a cheerful revolt against self and pride.
To pray is to change. This is a great grace. How good of God to provide a path whereby our lives can be taken over by love and joy and peace and patience and kindness and goodness and faithfulness and gentleness and self-control.
If we think we will have joy only by praying and singing psalms, we will be disillusioned. But if we fill our lives with simple good things and constantly thank God for them, we will be joyful, that is, full of joy.
Today the heart of God is an open wound of love.
He aches over our distance and preoccupation. He mourns that we do not draw near to Him. He grieves that we have forgotten Him. He weeps over our obsession with muchness and manyness. He longs for our presence.
We really must understand that the lust for affluence in contemporary society is psychotic. It is psychotic because it has completely lost touch with reality. We crave things we neither need nor enjoy. We buy things we do not want to impress people we do not like.
Worship begins in holy expectancy, it ends in holy obedience.
The needed change within us is God's work, not ours.
The demand is for an inside job, and only God can work from the inside. We cannot attain or earn this righteousness of the kingdom of God: it is a grace that is given.
One reason we can hardly bear to remain silent is that it makes us feel so helpless. We are so accustomed to relying upon words to manage and control others. If we are silent, who will take control? God will take control, but we will never let him take control until we trust him. Silence is intimately related to trust.
Of all spiritual disciplines prayer is the most central because it ushers us into perpetual communion with the Father.
Just as worship begins in holy expectancy, it ends in holy obedience.
If worship does not propel us into greater obedience, it has not been worship.
Forms and rituals do not produce worship, nor does the disuse of forms and rituals. We can use all the right techniques and methods, we can have the best possible liturgy, but we have not worshiped the Lord until Spirit touches spirit.
Worship is our response to the overtures of love from the heart of the Father.
Loneliness is inner emptiness. Solitude is inner fulfillment.
Over-consumption is a cancer eating away at our spiritual vitals.
It distances us from the great masses of broken bleeding humanity. It converts us into materialists. We become less able to ask the moral questions.
In the same way that a small child cannot draw a bad picture so a child of God cannot offer a bad prayer.
Adoration is the spontaneous yearning of the heart to worship, honor, magnify, and bless God. We ask nothing but to cherish him. We seek nothing but his exaltation. We focus on nothing but his goodness.
Worship is our response to the overtures of love from the heart of the Father.
Its central reality is found 'in spirit and truth.' It is kindled within us only when the Spirit of God touches our human spirit.
Conversion does not make us perfect, but it does catapult us into a total experience of discipleship that affects - and infects - every sphere of our living.
Absolute freedom is absolute nonsense! We gain freedom in anything through commitment, discipline, and fixed habit.
Each activity of daily life in which we stretch ourselves on behalf of others is a prayer in action.
In the spiritual life only one thing produces genuine joy and that is obedience.
Love, not anger, brought Jesus to the cross.
Golgotha came as a result of God's great desire to forgive, not his reluctance. Jesus knew that by his vicarious suffering he could actually absorb all the evil of humanity and so heal it, forgive it, redeem it.
Our problem is that we assume prayer is something to master the way we master algebra or auto mechanics. But when praying, we come "underneath," where we calmly and deliberately surrender control and become incompetent.
Silence is one of the deepest Disciplines of the Spirit, simply because it puts the stopper on all self-justificat ion
Our God is not made of stone. His heart is the most sensitive and tender of all. No act goes unnoticed, no matter how insignificant or small. A cup of cold water is enough to put tears in the eyes of God. God celebrates our feeble expressions of gratitude.
God's heart is the most sensitive and tender of all.
No act goes unnoticed, no matter how insignificant or small.
The inner attitude of the heart is far more crucial than the mechanics for coming into the reality of the spiritual life.
In our day heaven and earth are on tiptoe waiting for the emerging of the Spirit-led, Spirit-intoxicaed, Spirit-empowered peole. All of creation watches expectantly for the springing up of a disciplined, freely gathered, martyr people who know in this likfe the life and power of the Kindgom of God. It happened before, it can happen again.
As worship begins in holy expectancy, it ends in holy obedience.
Holy obedience saves worship from becoming an opiate, an escape from the pressing needs of modern life.
The truth of the matter is, we all come to prayer with a tangled mass of motives altruistic and selfish, merciful and hateful, loving and bitter. Frankly, this side of eternity we will never unravel the good from the bad, the pure from the impure. God is big enough to receive us with all our mixture.
Prayer is more than thoughts and feelings expressed in words.
It is the opening of mind and heart - our whole being to God our Abba Father. It is Divine Union.
In worship an increased power steals its way into the heart sanctuary, an increased compassion grows in the soul. To worship is to change.
Spiritual direction involves a process through which one person helps another person understand what God is doing and saying.
We who have turned our lives over to Christ need to know how very much he longs to eat with us, to commune with us. He desires a perpetual Eucharistic feast in the inner sanctuary of the heart.
Countless people pray far more than they know.
Often they have such a "stained-glass" image of prayer that they fail to recognize what they are experiencing as prayer and so condemn themselves for not praying.
The spiritual discipline of simplicity is not a lost dream, but a recurrent version throughout history. It can be recaptured today. It must be.
May God give you - and me- the courage, the wisdom, the strength always to hold the kingdom of God as the number one priority of our lives. To do so is to live in simplicity.
Prayer is the human response to the perpetual outpouring of love by which God lays siege to every soul.
Our Adversary majors in three things: noise, hurry and crowds.
If he can keep us engaged in "muchness" and "manyness," he will rest satisfied.
In intellectual honesty, we should be willing to study and explore the spiritual life with all the rigor and determination we would give to any field of research.
He is inviting you - and me - to come home, to come home to where we belong, to come home to that for which we were created. His arms are stretched out wide to receive us. His heart is enlarged to take us in.
The person who does not seek the kingdom first does not seek it at all, regardless of how worthy the idolatry that he or she has substituted for it.
Grace saves us from life without God-even more it empowers us for life with God.
Prayer is - listening for the still small voice of God. Listening with the "ear of our hearts."
We over-eat, over-buy, and over-built, spewing out our toxic wastes upon the earth and into the air.
Superficiality is the curse of our age.
The doctrine of instant satisfaction is a primary spiritual problem.
Simplicity is the only thing that sufficiently reorients our lives so that possessions can be genuinely enjoyed without destroying us.
In spiritual direction there is absolutely no domination or control.