walking on water

  • “I remembered how to abandon control, to give in to the notion that my writing might take me places I wasn’t ready to go or (worse yet) speak things someone else wasn’t ready to hear”
  • “the things in my own life that inhibited me from serving my god through my art because I was too absorbed in serving my ego started coming down too”
  • “or maybe, like me, you feel a great contradiction, a great tension between what you believe in the belly of your soul and what you create in your art, and for the life of you, you can not see to reconcile the two”
  • “i’ve long stopped feeling guilty about taking being time; it’s something we all need for our spiritual health, and we often don’t take enough of it”
  • Listen to the silence. Stay open to the voice of the Spirit.
  • a recurrent ache in the hearts of all god’s creatures
  • safety is only an illusion
  • “it is a frightening thing to open oneself up to this strange and dark side of the divine; it means letting go of our sane self-control, that control which gives us the illusion of safety”aq
  • that which is impossible and probable is better than that which is possible and improbable (aristotle)
  • cosmos in chaos
  • “and as I listen to the silence, I learn that my feelings about art and my feelings about the creator of the universe are inseparable. to try to talk about art and about christianity is for me one and the same thing, and it means attempting to share the meaning of my life, what gives it, for me, its tragedy and its glory.”
  • the artist must be obedient to the work
  • “but when the words mean even more than the writer knew they meant, the writer has been listening. and sometimes when we listen, we are led into places we do not expect, into adventures we do not fully understand.”
  • “as long as we know what it’s about, then we can have the courage to go wherever we are asked to go, even if we fear that the road may take us through danger and pain”
  • “to be a witness does not consist in engaging in propaganda, nor even in stirring people up, but in being a living mystery. it means to live in such a way that one’s life would not make sense if God did not exist.”
  • the more words we have, the better we are able to think conceptually
  • “people are zealous for a cause when they are not quite positive that it is true”
  • “there is nothing so secular that it cannot be sacred, and that is one of the deepest messages of the Incarnation”
  • “when the powers of this world denigrate and deny the value of story, life loses much of its meaning; and for many people in this world today, life has lost its meaning, one reason why every other hospital bed for someone with a mental, not a physical, illness”
  • “the artist who is a christian, like any other christian, is required to be in this world, but not of it, we are to be in this world as healers, as listeners, and as servants”

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