Saturday, March 19, 2016

God's "Tattoo"

Paul Williams
"Fifteen hundred years ago, St. Augustine said: ‘The thought of you stirs [man] so deeply that he cannot be content unless he praises you, because you made us for yourself and our hearts find no peace until they rest in you.’ 
"Why does God chase us like that? Why will he not let us go? ‘Do not be afraid. I am with you. I have called you by your name. You are mine,’ as the hymn says it. Is it a result in some way of baptism? Baptism has been explained to me as like a tattoo, visible not to us perhaps but very visible to God. Perhaps it can be removed, but only by drastic and painful surgery. God seeks those with His tattoo."
The Unexpected Way: Converting from Buddhism to Catholicism

(This post failed to go out on Wednesday the 16th, so I'm reposting it today.)

1 comment:

  1. Dear Patricia,
    Truth, it seems to me, is rarely heard in the daily din of conversation, nor glut of information that deluges us-- but your book is truly DIFFERENT.
    It savors of truth, from start to finish.
    At points in your narrative, I was moved to an ineffable joy: sometimes by the exquisite, “clever” subtlety by which God moved you along in your journey; other times by the stunning beauty of a luminous mystical grace conferred on you-- experiences that were obviously not meant for you alone, but to be shared, for the instruction, delight, and consolation of “friends of God.”

    Beyond sheerly inspiring, I found your book full of powerful and practical pointers for our life with God. What a memorable, poignant, and enlightening account!

    ~Joseph Conti, Ph.D. Department of Religious Studies, California State University at Long Beach


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