day 46 – an excerpt from Brennan Manning

In thoughts on God on October 7, 2011 at 12:13 pm

from Oct 4 of Reflections for Ragamuffins (of which I am the biggest) entitled

The Answer


In order to be free to be faithful to this sacred man and his dream,

to others and ourselves,

we must be liberated from the damnable imprisonment of self-hatred

and freed from the shackles of




and unhealthy guilt.

Freedom for fidelity demands freedom from enslavement.


It is a tired cliche, a battered bumper sticker, an over-used and often superficial slogan

but it is the truth of the gospel:

Jesus is the answer.

Is there any price too exorbitant, any cost too extravagant to pay for the privilege of being able to make your own personal response to his haunting question:

Who do you say that I am?


So we say with confidence,

“The Lord is my helper; I will not be afraid.  What can man do to me?”

Hebrews 13:6


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