Friday, April 8, 2011


Reading a remarkable book, Tattoos on the Heart: The Power of Boundless Compassion, by Gregory Boyle.  Some quotes (some of which he is citing others):

. . . this evening ritual was really a story of a father who just couldn't take his eyes off his kid. How much more so God? Anthony De Mello writes, "Behold the One beholding you, and smiling" (p 20).

Citing an unnamed Algerian Trappist, before his martyrdom: "When you fill my heart, my eyes overflow" (p 22).

Jesus, in Matthew's gospel, says, "How narrow is the gate that leads to life." Mistakenly, I think, we've come to believe that this is about restriction. The way is narrow. But it really wants ut to see that narrowness is the way. St. Hedwig writes, "All is narrow for me, I feel so vast."  It's about funneling ourselves into a central place. Our choice is not to focus on the narrow but to narrow our focus (p 31).

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