“I have a dogmatic certainty: God is in every person’s life. God is in everyone’s life. Even if the life of a person has been a disaster, even if it is destroyed by vices, drugs or anything else—God is in this person’s life. You can, you must try to seek God in every human life. Although the life of a person is a land full of thorns and weeds, there is always a space in which the good seed can grow. You have to trust God.”
Read the whole interview at http://www.americamagazine.org/pope-interview
Posted by Laura on September 20, 2013
“I don’t believe in advice. Everybody has the answers right inside her, since we’re all made up of the same amount of God. So when a friend says, I need some advice, I switch it to, I need some love, and I try to offer that. Offering love usually looks liked being quiet, listening hard, and letting my friend talk until she discovers that she already has the answers. …I think friends ask me for advice because they know I won’t offer any. People need a safe place and some time to discover what they already know. So I just try to hold space and time for folks.
-Glennon Melton, Carry On, Warrior, p117
Posted by Laura on May 28, 2013
Like many of the folks drawn to social work, I liked the idea of fixing people and systems. By the time I was done with my bachelor’s degree and was finishing my master’s degree, though, I realized that social work wasn’t about fixing. It was and is all about contextualizing and “leaning in.” Social work is all about leaning in to the discomfort of ambiguity and uncertainty, and holding open an empathic space so people can find their own way. In a word- messy.
p7-8, Daring Greatly by Brene Brown
Posted by Laura on May 20, 2013
Praying is hard work. Praying is boring. Praying makes you feel silly, and you don’t do it very well. So what? Do it anyway, because if you’re not, you’re like a gerbil running around the house in an exercise ball: all that running may get you somewhere, but what are you going to do when you get there? You’re still inside your little world. What you need is to make contact with the outside.
via Simcha Fisher at Just Pray. | Blogs | NCRegister.com.
Posted by Laura on January 13, 2013
There is always more we could have, more that we see and want. We want what we don’t have. We want that new thing. We believe by getting this or that “thing” we will earn the top spot. And then then we will be content, right? Nope.
Contentment comes when we find our proper place. God gives us what we need. In this we have to trust. The writer of James assures us “[God] bestows a greater grace.”
via Finding our Proper Place // News // Pray // University of Notre Dame.
Posted by Laura on February 21, 2012
“Life is not about serving God perfectly but about serving God visibly, allowing other people to learn whatever they can from watching you rise and fall. You probably won’t be much worse than other people, and you certainly won’t be any better, but you will have to let a lot of people look at you. You will have to let them see you as you are.”
Adapted from Leaving Church by Barbara Brown Taylor
Hat tip: Glennon
Posted by Laura on February 19, 2012