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All of it can be transformed

“…the resurrection becomes the moment which overthrows an idolatrous view of grace, idolatrous because it sees grace as serving my needs as I define them…Grace deals with us whole: it does not simply console me as a victim, for that would be to leave untouched the reality of my complicity in the hurt and damage of the world.  Human beings long to be reassured that they are innocent.  [However] the Gospel will not ever tell us that we are innocent, but it will tell us that we are loved; and in asking us to receive and consent to that love, it asks us to identify with, and make our own, love’s comprehensive vision of all we are and have been.  That is the transformation of desire as it affects our attitude to our own selves – to accept what we have been, so that all of it can be transformed….grace will remake, but not undo.  There is all the difference in the world between Christ uncrucified and Christ risen: they speak of two different kinds of hope for humanity, one unrealizable , the other barely imaginable, but at least truthful.”

~ Rowan Williams, Resurrection, 80-81.

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  1. Skip Newby wrote:

    Yesss!!!

    Monday, April 13, 2009 at 9:29 pm | Permalink

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  1. café de soirée on Saturday, April 18, 2009 at 5:23 pm

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