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I Am My Father's Child

Although I’ve chosen to focus on a single topic in each article, every one of the authors I’ve mentioned in this series addresses all of the issues I’ve discussed somewhere in his or her writings.  This gives me a great deal of comfort, this knowing that I’m not alone in my doubts and mistakes, my confusion and cover-up.  It’s also comforting that none of them claims to have all the answers; that they are simply comparing notes and sharing what they have learned along the way thus far.

Of course, what all these writers point to is the fact that who I am, who you are, who any of us is, is first and finally a child of God, the person He made me to be, made you to be.  Brennan Manning lovingly brings our attention back to this most vital point in The Ragamuffin Gospel.

‘God not only loves me as I am, but also knows me as I am. Because of this I don’t need to apply spiritual cosmetics to make myself presentable to Him.  I can accept ownership of my poverty and powerlessness and neediness…To live by grace means to acknowledge my whole life story, the light side and the dark.  In admitting my shadow side, I learn who I am and what God’s grace means.’  The Ragamuffin Gospel pp 23-25

He then goes on to share how a true perception of ourselves will impact our understanding of those around us:

‘Usually we see other people not as they are, but as we are.  A person, in a real sense, is what he or she sees…Judgment depends on what we see, how deeply we look at the other, how honestly we face ourselves, how willing we are to read the human story beneath the frightened face …gentleness toward ourselves constitutes the core of our gentleness with others.  When the compassion of Christ is interiorized and appropriated to self…the breakthrough into a compassionate stance toward others occurs…the way of gentleness brings healing to ourselves and gentleness toward ourselves brings healing to others.’  RM  pp 156-159  

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