January 31, 2008

I am a bundle of Paradoxes

From Reflections for Ragamuffins by Brennan Manning

January 29 "For them I sanctify myself, that they too may be truly sanctified." John 17:19

"When I get honest, I admit I am a bundle of paradoxes. I beleive and I doubt, I hope and I get discouraged, I love and I hate, I feel bad about feeling good, I feel guilty about not feeling guilty. I am trusting and suspicious. I am honest and I still play games. Aristotle said I am a rational animal; I say I am an angel with an incredible capacity for beer.

To live by grace means to acknowledge my whole life's story, the light side and the dark. In admitting my shadow side, I learn who I am and what God's grace means. As Thomas Merton put it, 'A saint is not someone who is good but who experiences the goodness of God.'"

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