Wednesday, December 19, 2007

APOCRYPHAL SAYINGS by Ursula the Heretic

THE MOST BROKEN AMONG US SEEK HEALING BY ATTEMPTING TO ORCHESTRATE THE HEALING OF OTHERS. We must always take care that ours is not a ministry of exploitation. When achieving the desired results is more important to us than our unconditional love for the person with whom we are walking, we have become wolves in sheep's clothing -- wolves with the best of intentions, but wolves nonetheless.

No matter what I say I believe or even think I believe, the way I live my life is my only authentic statement of faith.

Too often, the voice of the institutional church echoes the voice of the world, the flesh, and the devil. We are each responsible for reaching out to God, listening to the voice of the Holy Spirit, and discovering the truth for ourselves. Our personal pilgrimage is lonely, demanding, and often perilous, and may even lead us astray, but there is no danger greater than that of avoiding it altogether.

Clergy are our trusted servants. They are not God, nor do they always speak for God. Each baptized and confirmed Christian is responsible for his or her own spiritual welfare.

The more the Church uses the sales techniques of the world to promote itself, the more it will fail in the long run. The Spirit of God is not a commodity.

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