Wednesday, November 15, 2006

The Blue Door


This it the title of the Catherine Doherty book I recently purchased. I am slowly digesting it, and only have time to share this tidbit today.

"Let us face the fact that, unless we live the Gospel - not only preach it, but live it - there can be no unity among us, no sobrnost, no gathering of like minds. But few can agree on the Gospel. In order to live the Gospel, one has to move through the life of Jesus Christ. That means abandonment, being rejected, being crucified."

What I am finding in this book so far is hope, courage, and the desire to love. Despite the cost. Catherine's writings are like a mix between Dorothy Day and Mother Teresa. It's thrilling!


Blogger Mimi said...

Oooh, that sounds lovely.

On a side note - thank you so much, it literally brought tears to my eyes to see that you'd kept me in your prayers on the Vespers for the Archangels. Thank you!

November 15, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Never heard of this one... *Hmm*

November 15, 2006  
Blogger ~m2~ said...

love this lady - she has some pretty cool stories about when she went to visit dorothy day...two of my favorite Saints of God :)

November 15, 2006  
Anonymous April said...

I was thinking along similar lines the other day, that it's so much easier to focus on the cultural and political aspects of our faith and have an almost defensive mentality. Having lots of kids makes you into a social pariah in some circles, but gets you pats on the back in others. But what's really challenging, and what Jesus really wants us to do, is to live the gospel and be the face of Christ to others. That truly requires an abandonment of self. To let, as Katrina Zeno said, our hearts be broken and open. Sometimes I feel as if I've got the broken part right, but not the open part.

Can I borrow the book when you're done?


November 16, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mmmm...good thoughts to ponder. I think it's easier to be Christ-like in a culture that persecutes Christians than in one (like ours) where we have freedom of religion and have the luxury to demand that the secular world conform to our desires for how everyone should live.

November 16, 2006  
Blogger ukok said...

Very provocational, in a much needed way, of course.

Hope you have a wonderful weekend Renee!

November 16, 2006  
Blogger Gabrielle said...

Sobornost was the first book I read by Catherine too. She was a woman of such courage, and love for the poor. She spent her entire life just emptying herself for others.

November 16, 2006  

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