The solitary wooded valleys,
The strange islands,
The roaring torrents,
The whisper of the amorous gales;
The tranquil night
At the approaches of the dawn,
The silent music,
The murmuring solitude,
The supper which revives, and enkindles love."
You taught Your songs to the birds first,
why was that?
And You practiced Your love in the hearts of animals
before You created man.
I know the planets talk at night
and tell secrets
A limb just moved before me,
the beauty of this world
is causing me to
“I recognized that Christianity had taught me that sacrifice is the way of life. I forgot the neighbor who raped me, but I could see that when theology presents Jesus’ death as God’s sacrifice of his beloved child for the sake of the world, it teaches that the highest love is sacrifice. To make sacrifice or to be sacrificed is virtuous and redemptive.
But what if this is not true? What if nothing, or very little, is saved? What if the consequence of sacrifice is simply pain, the diminishment of life, fragmentation of the soul, abasement, shame? What if the severing of life is merely destructive of life and is not the path of love, courage, trust, and faith? What if the performance of sacrifice is a ritual in which some human beings bear loss and others are protected from accountability or moral expectations?”
“Theology that defines virtue as obedience to God suppresses the virtue of revolt. A woman being battered by her husband will be counseled to be obedient, as Jesus was to God. After all, Eve brought sin into the world by her disobedience. A good woman submits to her husband as he submits to God.”
"But obedience is not a virtue. It is an evasion of our responsibility. Religion must engage us in the exercise of our responsibilities, not teach us to deny the power that is ours."
"A God who punishes disobedience will teach us to obey and endure when it would be holy to protest and righteous to refuse to cooperate.”
“Women are culturally conditioned to care for others, but not ourselves. We believe that having needs, feelings, ambitions, or thoughts of our own is not good. In this self-abnegation, we enact a culturally prescribed role that perpetuates sexist social structures. The needs and thoughts of men matter, but not ours. Christian theology presents Jesus as the model of self-sacrificing love and persuades us to believe that sexism is divinely sanctioned. We are tied to the virtue of self-sacrifice, often by hidden social threats of punishment. We keep silent about rape, we deny when we are being abused, and we allow our lives to be consumed by the trivial and by our preoccupation with others. We never claim our lives as our own. We live as though we were not present in our bodies.”
“What I was learning in the church was in sharp contrast to the theology of self-sacrificing love I wrestled with. It wasn’t the willingness to bear pain, or carry the burdens of others that transformed life in the places where life had been harmed by violence. It was strong relationships among human beings who offered their presence to one another.”
- Quotes from Proverbs of Ashes by Rita Nakashima Brock and Rebecca Ann Parker
Stop Being So Religious
Do sad people have in
They have all built a shrine
To the past.
And often go there
And do a strange wail and
What is the beginning of
It is to stop being
- Hafiz, The Gift, Translation by Daniel Ladinsky
It is a question of maturity. You must grasp that in our life, nothing is achieved by fits and starts and by violent efforts. Life in its entirety, the moral life, the supernatural life, consists of continuous sincerity, continuous honesty, continuous flexibility and docility. We are not to believe that a fruit attains to perfect maturity by a sudden violent growth, but simply when it has received all its succulence from its root, which is faith, and all its savour from the sun. For that, it has to turn its face to the sun.
Above all, love the Lord and have the firm assurance that nothing in us will resist the almighty power of his love. Take up every day, gently and courageously, the work begun the day before. Nothing hot-headed. A continuous and gentle strength. Never speak shrilly."