Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Reading

I am reading and enjoying Gregory Boyle’s book, Tattoos on the Heart: The Power of Boundless Compassion. It is full of wonderful stories of discovering grace and meeting God among the projects and gangs of Los Angeles. Some quotes from the work of this Jesuit priest:

Meister Eckhart (a mystic and theologian from the 13th and 14th centuries): “God is bigger than God” (26).
Robert Frost: “How many things have to happen to you before something occurs to you?” (111)
Boyle: “Change awaits us. What is decisive is our deciding” (111).
The season of change is upon us. Perennials make their comeback. Irises bloom. Grass grows (much too quickly!). I’m running behind on the spring yard work, but I enjoy watching – and participating – in the change of season. We can watch it happen, or something can “occur” to us and we can participate in it – planting some new dianthus, getting into a small group, talking about Jesus with a friend. It is time for “deciding”.

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