Friday, 13 July 2018

OUR LAST BINDING COMMITMENT?

'Most Americans are free to choose or change spouses, and the middle class has at least a modicum of freedom to choose or change careers. But we can never choose or change our children. They are the last binding obligation in a culture that asks for almost no other permanent commitments at all.' 
Jennifer Senior, All Joy and No Fun: The Paradox of Modern Parenting, p.44. 

Friday, 6 July 2018

THE NEW CREATION

'...at some particular hour when we least expect it, a veil will be lifted and there will be an ending and a beginning, creation purged, healed, and renewed, afterward forever in a new and right relationship to God, who so loves the world. The clocks will stop, and we will find ourselves on the threshold of the everlasting.' 
Marilynne Robinson, The Givenness of Things, p.237. 

SIN

'I have no problem with the word "sin." I think it is one of our most brilliant evasions to have associated sin so strongly with sexuality that we can by coy about it, or narrowly obsessed with it, or we can dismiss it with as a synonym for prudery, as we go on hating and reviling. as we go on grinding the faces of the poor. We alone among the animals can sin - one of our truly notable distinctions. Or, to put it another way - we are the only creatures who are, in principle if seldom in fact, morally competent. Responsible, or at least answerable.' 
Marilynne Robinson, The Givenness of Things, p.236. 

Thursday, 28 June 2018

IF YOU WANT TO BELONG YOU NEED TO PARTICIPATE

'...our sense of belonging is all about participation. We belong because we are part of the work of this place.' 
James Rebanks, The Shepherd's Life, p.146. 

HONEST PARENTING

'When we share our own vulnerabilities with our children, we send a powerful message to their brains that they are not alone in their own weakness.' 
Curt Thompson, The Soul of Shame, p.153. 

"JUST DO YOU BEST!"

'...possibly one of the least helpful things a parent can tell his or her child is "We only expect you to do your best." No one can do his or her best at everything, for no one has that much time and energy.' 
Curt Thompson, The Soul of Shame, p.151.

Monday, 18 June 2018

"THEY'RE NO TROUBLE!"

'The potential downside to never having anything to do with trouble in your family is the possibility that your family never suspects that trouble ever has anything to do with you.' 
Curt Thompson, The Soul of Shame, p.116.

Friday, 15 June 2018

HELL

'...is the counter echo of God's mandate that it is not good to be alone.'
Curt Thompson, The Soul of Shame, p.114.

OUR DESIRE TO BE DESIRED

'...all sin, all idolatry, all coping strategies in which I indulge are ways for me to satiate my hunger for relationship, my longing to be known and loved, my desire to be desired.' 
Curt Thompson, The Soul of Shame: Retelling the Stories We Believe about Ourselves, p.105. 

Sunday, 3 June 2018

THE IMPORTANCE OF INTUITION

'...the criticism of religion that derides its central intuition as a projection of human fears and desires onto a universe that is alien to such things is itself a projection of human influences, deductions, and expectations onto a universe that is wholly incommensurate with them.' 
Marilynne Robinson, The Givenness of Things, p.220.