Monday, April 02, 2012

Quote by Robert Barron

"As we saw, the first words out of the mouth of Jesus in the Gospel of Mark are a call to conversion: 'The kingdom of God has come near. Repent and believe in the Good News' (Mark 1:15). The life, preaching, and mission of Jesus are predicated upon the assumption that all is not well with us, that we stand in need of metanoia, a renovation of vision, attitude and behavior. A few decades ago the book I'm OK - You're OK appeared. Its title, and the attitude that tie embodies, are inimical to Christianity. Anothony de Mello answered that book with a better motto: "I'm an ass and so are you!" A salvation religion makes no sense if all is basically fine with us, if all we need is a little sprucing up around the edges. Christian saints are those who can bear the awful revelation that sin is not simply an abstraction or something that other people wrestle with, but a power that lurks and works in them. And this is why knowing that we are sinners - even wart hogs from hell [a la Flannery O'Connor] - is the second path of holiness." - Robert Barron, The Strangest Way

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