You have shown us love, O Christ.
You have shown us God.
Show us also our true face
and the true face of every human being.
Show us the desire for love and the strength to give ourselves in love
that are woven into the fabric of our being.
For we are made in the image of love, O Christ.
We are made in the image of God.
J. Philip Newell, Celtic Treasure (Canterbury Press Norwich: 2005) p218.
“The most real day-to-day motivator is that the people [Evangelicals] you’re talking about are my parents, and my parents-in-law … and I care what happens to them. Also, it’s just who I am. I think two years ago I would have been reticent to admit it or to accept that, but there’s a sense in which I’m a non-practicing evangelical. I understand the vernacular very well because it’s the way I grew up. I care what happens in the evangelical movement, and I’m hopeful that it becomes less and less destructive and distorted all the time, and when I see signs of that, it moves me because I care what happens. It’s easier for me to be open to relationships with people that I disagree with, because I would be more pluralistic or something. But I think that people can be open without forfeiting their own ideas and without endangering their soul according to their beliefs. It’s a hopeful thing, that dialogue can happen between those lines.”
Courtesy of Relevant Magazine, read full interview here.
You have taught us, O Christ, to love our neighbor as our self.
You have taught us to see our neighbor as part of our self.
Let us see ourselves in those who are hungry.
Let us see ourselves in those who are frightened.
Let us see ourselves in one another and in every creature.
For you have taught us, O Christ, that we are one body.
J. Philip Newell, Celtic Treasure (Canterbury Press Norwich: 2005) p222.