If you see God clearly, you will behave in a good and human way. Your right behavior does not cumulatively lead to your true being; your true being leads to eventual right behavior. We almost all think that good morality will lead to mystical union, but, in fact, mystical union produces correct morality–along with a lot of joy. And the greatest surprise is that, sometimes, bad moral response is the very collapsing of the ego that leads to our falling into the hands of the living God.
Richard Rohr, Hope Against Darkness,
May my search for you, O God, lead me to act justly.
How can I act according to my beliefs today? How can I avoid being caught into contrary behavior?
This is what God asks of you, only this..
Walk humbly with your God.
You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the great and first commandment. And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. On these two commandments depend all the Law and the Prophets.
Above all the grace and the gifts that Christ gives to his beloved is that of overcoming self.
St. Francis of Assisi
If this is going to be a Christian nation that doesn’t help the poor, either we have to pretend that Jesus was just as selfish as we are, or we’ve got to acknowledge that He commanded us to love the poor and serve the needy without condition and then admit that we just don’t want to do it.
The greatest single cause of atheism in the world today is Christians: who acknowledge Jesus with their lips, walk out the door, and deny Him by their lifestyle. That is what an unbelieving world simply finds unbelievable.
The world needs to see Christians burning, not with self-righteous fury at the sliding morals in our country, but with passion for God.
The purpose of all major religious traditions is not to construct big temples on the outside, but to create temples of goodness and compassion inside, in our hearts.
Let your religion be less of a theory and more of a love affair.