Wednesday, September 28, 2005

THE CROSS AND PUBLIC CONTRADICTIONS

INSTEAD OF RUNNING AWAY. "The cross which many Christians are called to bear involves the contradictions of contemporary life. And these contradictions are especially pronounced in the public realm. Christian faith, the way of the cross, empowers us to live these contradictions creatively instead of retreating from them as we so often do. The way of the cross both leads us into public life and gives us the grace to live there."

LIVE THE CONTRADICTIONS. "The way of the cross challenges us not to remove tension from our lives by avoiding the places where tension is found, or by abandoning the convictions that cause us to feel tension. Instead, the cross point another way, a way of 'living the contradictions,' a way of taking tension into our lives and transforming it from a force of destruction into an energy of creation.” – Parker Palmer (author of The Company of Strangers, The Active Live, Let Your Life Speak, and The Courage to Teach)

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