Quote for the Day

So just let God act, and be at peace. As far as you are in God, you are in peace; and as far as you are outside God, you are outside peace. Lack of peace comes from created things and not from God. Nor is there anything to fear in God, and nothing in him to cause sadness; his being can draw only love from us. It is true: they who have all they wish for, know joy; but no one has this except those whose will is one with God’s will. May God grant us this union!

— Meister Eckhart, quoted in
Conversations with Meister Eckhart
by Simon Parke

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About Carl McColman

Author of Befriending Silence, The Big Book of Christian Mysticism, Answering the Contemplative Call, and other books. Retreat leader. Speaker. Professed Lay Cistercian.

  • http://quest4light.wordpress.com Nelson Rose

    If the NIV folks were smart they would have removed the babblings of Paul from the Bible altogether. He was nothing more than a sexist, anti-semitic imposter who corrupted the true teachings of Jesus and created the most ridiculous doctrines.

    • http://www.patheos.com/blogs/carlmccolman/ Carl McColman

      Nelson Rose, you are entitled to your opinions but I hope you could at least express them charitably and civilly. Name-calling and broad statements does little to foster dialogue. Before you dismiss Paul as “ridiculous” or “sexist” or an “imposter” I suggest you take a look at some of the current scholarship surrounding Paul and his writings. Here are two very accessible introductions to Pauline theology and spirituality: The Mystery of Christ in You: The Mystical Vision of Saint Paul by George Maloney, and The Great Themes of Paul: Life as Participation by Richard Rohr. I believe if you take a closer look, you will find that there is a lot more to Paul than the unkind caricature you describe.

  • John C.

    Thanks for an Afternoon Pick-Me-Up that I much needed Carl!
    Thanks again!

  • Gigi

    Thank you for that. Lack of peace certainly does come from created things, not from God! My life is a bit topsy turvy at the moment as I am struggling to find work while trying to get what I feel isd justice from my previous employer. I’ve been dipping into Meister Eckhart and found little pots of wisdom. God doesn’t empty, He fills. If we keep digging at things, we make more holes for ourselves: we need to just let it be. And it always will.

  • http://quest4light.wordpress.com Nelson Rose

    I just prefer the words in red.