I want all the people here, Christians, Muslims, Jews, non-believers, to look on me as their brother, the universal brother. They begin to call my house ‘the fraternity’ and this makes me happy.
Faith strips the mask from the world and reveals God in everything. It makes nothing impossible and renders meaningless such words as anxiety, danger, and fear, so that the believer goes through life calmly and peacefully, with profound joy- like a child, hand in hand with his mother.
Father of mine, I abandon myself to you, make of me that which is pleasing to you. Whatever you might do to me, I thank you.
~ Charles de Foucauld
For Foucauld and the Little Brothers, life in the desert was not a flight from the world but rather a school of love and prayer to learn to enter more deeply into humanity. Their goal was to shout the gospel not so much with their mouths as with their lives.
~ Brennan Manning (All Is Grace: A Ragamuffin Memoir)
Charles de Foucauld and Jesus Christ
We have two identities: The now and the not yet. Good friends live in the space between the actual and the potential, and are witness to both. On that basis, all true relationships are prophetic. We get to appreciate one another now and value the person that is emerging.
~ Graham Cooke, from A Way In The Wilderness
THE OPENING OF EYES After R. S. Thomas That day I saw beneath dark clouds, the passing light over the water and I heard the voice of the world speak out, I knew then, as I had before, life is no passing memory of what has been nor the remaining pages in a great book waiting to be read. It is the opening of eyes long closed. It is the vision of far off things seen for the silence they hold. It is the heart after years of secret conversing, speaking out loud in the clear air. It is Moses in the desert fallen to his knees before the lit bush. It is the man throwing away his shoes as if to enter heaven and finding himself astonished, opened at last, fallen in love with solid ground.
― David Whyte,
Many of the most luminous gifts of our lives arrive as complete surprises. A gift is the most beautiful of intrusions. It arrives undeserved and unexpected. It comes ashore in our hearts carefully formed to fit exactly the shape of a hunger we might not even know we had. The gift comes with no price tag, no demand that puts us under an obligation. Every gift has an inner lamp that casts a new brightness over an undiscovered field of the heart. In this light we discover and bring to birth something new within us. Regardless of how carefully we examine the path of its arrival, the eyes of our mind can never unveil the true source of the gift. The gift keeps its reason secret. Some unexpected path opened in the interim world and the gift was already on its way towards us.
~ John O’Donohue
Excerpt from BEAUTY
You will know (not believe) the truth and the truth will set you free (not maybe, Christ said it will, because truth is always liberating, thats the evidence for truth). May that be true in your life, not in the afterlife, but right here and now. Wake, do not sleep. „Wake up, O sleeper, rise up from the dead, and Christ will shine on you.“ (Ephesians 5:14) a different life is possible, a life of boundless blessings and a consciousness of the nobility of being and the wonder of being alive.
Life to the fullest.
Jesus said in the book of John:
I came so that everyone would have life, and have it in its fullest. John 10:10 (CEV)
Ask yourself: are you truly living to the fullest or only surviving in a mechanical routine? Are you realizing your dreams? Remember: we are created in the image and the likeness of the greatest Dreamer, the Infinite One Dreamer, that we can call together with Jesus Abba-Father. It is our human destiny to dream and to realize dreams, to become „partakers of the Divine“, Co-Creators together with God. We will never be perfect, but we can become the best version of ourselves. We can grow and evolve infinitely. We can become more and more like Christ.
We are designed for that, thats the meaning of THEOSIS.
© mark david vinzens
„Through our awakened presence, our heightened consciousness, the universe becomes conscious of itself. Our seeing the beauty of the world, makes that beauty more meaningful, more fully what it was called to be.“ (Ted Nottingham)