26 February 2009

all fall down

A quote from Brennan Manning which I have returned to during lent for a good number of years now . . .

Viewed as a theological relic, the cross does not disturb our comfortable religiosity. But when the crucified risen Christ, instead of remaining an icon, comes to life and delivers us over to the fire he came to light, he creates more havoc than all of the heretics, secular humanists and self serving pastors put together.

The fire he came to light . . . Is there any more appropriate symbol than ash for those whose lives have encountered the Spirit of God. In the description from Pascal, 'Fire!"

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