One great author I admire is Brennan Manning. He’s a Roman Catholic priest of the Franciscan order who combines theological reflection with personal authenticity. He wrote “The Ragamufin Gospel” – a classic for many – and the more recent “The Importance of Being Foolish.” He’s written about topics a wide as being in love with God, alcoholism, devotion to faith, justice in South America, the need for community, grace, and surrender. Here are some fun quotes that came across my desk recently, sent my way by a friend (thanks Serena!) that reminded me of some of the ‘basics’ – enjoy!
“When I get honest, I admit I am a bundle of paradoxes. I believe 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 an animal;’ I say I am an angel with an incredible capacity for beer.”
“On some given day when grace overtook me and I returned to prayer, I half expected Jesus to ask, ‘who dat?’ ”
“Perhaps the real dichotomy in the Christian community today is not between conservatives and liberals or creationists and evolutionists, but between the awake and the asleep.”
“If there is little power and shallow wisdom in our preaching, teaching, worship and ministry, I believe it is because the Crucified Christ has been ignored in favor of a lot of ‘burning theological issues,’ most of which are neither burning nor theological.”