Posts Tagged: God

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"Our task is to learn to see our bodies and the bodies of others through the eyes of God. To learn to see the body as both fragile and deeply blessed. To remember the body’s vulnerability and to rejoice in the body as a sign of God’s gracious bounty."

- This is our congregation’s Healthy Living Group’s quote for Session One as we seek to create a positive view of our bodies to encourage healthy practices. It’s taken from Honoring the Body: Meditations on a Christian Practice, by Stephanie Paulsell.
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A friend recently recommended that I read the bio of St. Maria of Paris. I’ve been pleasantly surprised by how engaging the story of her life and ministry have been to me this week. I’m still reading her story, but I want to share some of her wisdom that has spoken to me. 

"No amount of thought will ever result in any greater formulation than the three words, ‘Love one another,’ so as long as it is love to the end and without exceptions." - St. Maria of Paris

What would it look like if I, for even a day, loved without exception?

"If someone turns with his spiritual world toward the spiritual world of another person," she reflected, "he encounters an awesome and inspiring mystery… He comes into contact with the true image of God in man, with the very icon of God incarnate in the world, with a reflection of the mystery of God’s incarnation and divine manhood. And he needs to accept this awesome revelation of God unconditionally, to venerate the image of God in his brother…" - St. Maria of Paris

What would it look like if I, for even a day, encountered those I meet in a way that venerates the image of God within them?

I’m thankful for St. Maria and the prophetic voices proclaiming love in the face of the broken world all around us. 

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"There are things you can’t reach. But
you can reach out to them, and all day long.

The wind, the bird flying away. The idea of God.

And it can keep you as busy as anything else, and happier.

The snake slides away; the fish jumps, like a little lily,
out of the water and back in; the goldfinches sing
from the unreachable top of the tree.

I look; morning to night I am never done with looking.

Looking I mean not just standing around, but standing around
as though with your arms open.

And thinking: maybe something will come, some
shining coil of wind,
or a few leaves from any old tree –
they are all in this too.

And now I will tell you the truth.
Everything in the world
comes.

At least, closer.

And, cordially.

Like the nibbling, tinsel-eyed fish; the unlooping snake.
Like goldfinches, little dolls of gold
fluttering around the corner of the sky

of God, the blue air."

- "Where Does the Temple Begin, and Where Does It End?" by Mary Oliver inWhy I Wake Early
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"Why indeed must ‘God’ be a noun? Why not a verb - the most active and dynamic of all."

- Mary Daly
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"Let the knowledge of God’s transcendence bring us back to life. Let it flow like blood to sleeping limbs, and feel them tingle as they awake in awe. Shake life back into your hands and let them clap of God’s goodness. Shake life back into your legs and let them carry you running with wind and thunder. Shake life back into your chest and let your heart beat in pounding reverence. Let praise come face to the ground, trembling with life and awareness that we are found by a holy God."
- David Crowder p. 70 in Praise Habit


In the day to day busyness of work and classes and meetings and friendships and sleeping it becomes all too easy to lose sight of the transcendence of our God. Yet the beauty of God’s transcendence is in that God did not leave us here on the Earth alone. We have been found by the holy God who has created us and loves us. Let this bring your heart and hands and legs back to life… full of reverence and joy. Rejoice today, you are loved and found by your God.