“DECLARE IT ALL” was the advice of the desert fathers, those radical early Christians who took with great seriousness Jesus’ challenge to transform the heart. Declare it all — every thought, every feeling, every cruel intention, every ignoble desire and holy aspiration.
Don’t be afraid to present anything to God as it comes into awareness, because you are beheld by a comprehending, compassionate love that knows how to heal your distempers.
Everything becomes grist for the mill in spiritual growth, even the hells into which we wander. Some elements will be strengthend, some diminished, but grace can work with it all.
- Robert Corin Morris
Provocative Grace: The Challenge in Jesus’ Words
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What would you declare this day? Share your thoughts.
Today’s Scripture Reading
Create in me a clean heart, O God, and put a new and right spirit within me.
Psalm 51:10, NRSV
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This week we remember Cuthbert of Lindisfarne (March 20).
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