6.29.2004

quote for today

"Some Christians think they are able to do without constant spiritual effort because they do not heed the urgency of confronting themselves with the truth of the Gospel. So as not to disturb their way of living, they attempt to empty, and make innocuous, words such as: 'Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you' (Lk 6:27). For these persons such words are difficult to accept and translate into a coherent conduct of life. In fact, they are words that, if taken seriously, demand a radical conversion. Instead, when one is offended or hurt, one is tempted to give in to the psychological mechanisms of self-pity and revenge, ignoring the invitation of Jesus to love one’s enemy. Nevertheless, daily human events clearly evidence how much forgiveness and reconciliation are undeniably needed for bringing about a real personal and social renewal. This is valid in interpersonal relations but also among communities as well as nations." --Pope John Paul II, 2001

4 Comments:

Blogger Joshua said...

constant.
spiritual.
effort.

this is exactly where i'm at right now, convicted by willard's 'spirit of the disciplines.' take part in your salvation...

6/29/2004 1:39 PM  
Blogger Roja said...

Forgiveness and Reconciliation are wonderful attributes, and yet daily I feel that very few people really give a hoot about forgiveness and reconciliation. They would rather bitch about someone and forgo a liason than be reconciled through forgiveness. I wonder in fact if it is taught in schools?! Forgiveness and reconciliation are, in my opinion a responsibility that one cannot expect but can seek. DOes that make sense?

6/29/2004 3:45 PM  
Blogger brian carlson said...

Excellent quote Eric.... Where did you find it?

6/29/2004 6:04 PM  
Blogger e said...

Rog, yep, that makes sense.

Brian, I may have gotten it from the numerous Pope quotes sites out there. Or maybe it got sent to me from someone else.

In either case, here's another good one by the Pope:

"Young people are threatened... by the evil use of advertising techniques that stimulate the natural inclination to avoid hard work by promising the immediate satisfaction of every desire."

6/30/2004 8:18 AM  

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