Friday, November 6, 2015

Fire Upon the Earth

Sister Ruth Burrows
"Many of us see the Church and the Faith, as we call it, like an insulated, armored, electrified carriage in which we can sit securely behind curtained windows as we hurdle through the dark forests. We don’t have to see the frightening forms outside, don’t have to see the abyss into which we might drop, don’t have to see the poor beggars and forsaken ones crying in the night. We can hurtle along safely to heaven.

"How different from the reality! ‘Do not think I have come to bring peace but a sword. I have come to cast fire on the earth.’ The true experience of faith is more that of an assault on Everest with its effort, its perils, its frightening decisions. ... This is what faith is about. And this is what it means to seek to know the Lord. It is, as Jesus says, when the sun is darkened, and the moon eclipsed, when the very stars are falling from heaven and our world rocking on its base – our secure, safe world – that the sign of the Son of Man is seen in glory."
To Believe in Jesus, pages 12-13


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