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Abba's Child: The Cry of the Heart for Intimate Belonging Abba's Child: The Cry of the Heart for Intimate Belonging by Brennan Manning
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“In a futile attempt to erase our past, we deprive the community of our healing gift. If we conceal our wounds out of fear and shame, our inner darkness can neither be illuminated nor become a light for others.”
Brennan Manning, Abba's Child: The Cry of the Heart for Intimate Belonging
“Define yourself radically as one beloved by God. This is the true self. Every other identity is illusion.”
Brennan Manning, Abba's Child: The Cry of the Heart for Intimate Belonging
“Our hearts of stone become hearts of flesh when we learn where the outcast weeps.”
Brennan Manning, Abba's Child: The Cry of the Heart for Intimate Belonging
“Silent solitude makes true speech possible and personal. If I am not in touch with my own belovedness, then I cannot touch the sacredness of others. If I am estranged from myself, I am likewise a stranger to others.”
Brennan Manning, Abba's Child: The Cry of the Heart for Intimate Belonging
“In Love's service, only wounded soldiers can serve.”
Brennan Manning, Abba's Child: The Cry of the Heart for Intimate Belonging
“The Christ within who is our hope of glory is not a matter of theological debate or philosophical speculation. He is not a hobby, a part-time project, a good theme for a book, or a last resort when all human effort fails. He is our life, the most real fact about us. He is the power and wisdom of God dwelling within us.”
Brennan Manning, Abba's Child: The Cry of the Heart for Intimate Belonging
“Hope knows that if great trials are avoided great deeds remain undone and the possibility of growth into greatness of soul is aborted.”
Brennan Manning, Abba's Child: The Cry of the Heart for Intimate Belonging
“As we come to grips with our own selfishness and stupidity, we make friends with the impostor and accept that we are impoverished and broken and realize that, if we were not, we would be God. The art of gentleness toward ourselves leads to being gentle with others -- and is a natural prerequisite for our presence to God in prayer.”
Brennan Manning, Abba's Child: The Cry of the Heart for Intimate Belonging
“To ignore, repress, or dismiss our feelings is to fail to listen to the stirrings of the Spirit within our emotional life. Jesus listened. In John's Gospel we are told that Jesus was moved with the deepest emotions (11:33)... The gospel portrait of the beloved Child of Abba is that of a man exquisitely attuned to His emotions and uninhibited in expressing them. The Son of Man did not scorn of reject feelings as fickle and unreliable. They were sensitive antennae to which He listened carefully and through which He perceived the will of His Father for congruent speech and action.”
Brennan Manning, Abba's Child: The Cry of the Heart for Intimate Belonging
“we unwittingly project onto God our own attitudes and feelings toward ourselves... But we cannot assume that He feels about us the way we feel about ourselves -- unless we love ourselves compassionately, intensely, and freely. ”
Brennan Manning, Abba's Child: The Cry of the Heart for Intimate Belonging
“Accepting the reality of our sinfulness means accepting our authentic self. Judas could not face his shadow; Peter could. The latter befriended the impostor within; the former raged against him.”
Brennan Manning, Abba's Child: The Cry of the Heart for Intimate Belonging
“The sorrow of God lies in our fear of Him, our fear of life, and our fear of ourselves. He anguishes over our self-absorption and self-sufficiency... God's sorrow lies in our refusal to approach Him when we sinned and failed.”
Brennan Manning, Abba's Child: The Cry of the Heart for Intimate Belonging
“Our identity rests in God's relentless tenderness for us revealed in Jesus Christ.”
Brennan Manning, Abba's Child: The Cry of the Heart for Intimate Belonging
“[The] insistence on the absolutely indiscriminate nature of compassion within the Kingdom is the dominant perspective of almost all of Jesus' teaching.
What is indiscriminate compassion? 'Take a look at a rose. Is is possible for the rose to say, "I'll offer my fragrance to good people and withhold it from bad people"? Or can you imagine a lamp that withholds its rays from a wicked person who seeks to walk in its light? It could do that only be ceasing to be a lamp. And observe how helplessly and indiscriminately a tree gives its shade to everyone, good and bad, young and old, high and low; to animals and humans and every living creature -- even to the one who seeks to cut it down. This is the first quality of compassion -- its indiscriminate character.' (Anthony DeMello, The Way to Love)...
What makes the Kingdom come is heartfelt compassion: a way of tenderness that knows no frontiers, no labels, no compartmentalizing, and no sectarian divisions.”
Brennan Manning, Abba's Child: The Cry of the Heart for Intimate Belonging
“The unwounded life bears no resemblance to the Rabbi.”
Brennan Manning, Abba's Child: The Cry of the Heart for Intimate Belonging
“Only reckless confidence in a Source greater than ourselves can empower us to forgive the woulds inflicted by others.”
Brennan Manning, Abba's Child: The Cry of the Heart for Intimate Belonging
“While the impostor draws his identity from past achievements and the adulation of others, the true self claims identity in its belovedness. We encounter God in the ordinariness of life: not in the search for spiritual highs and extraordinary, mystical experiences but in our simple presence in life.”
Brennan Manning, Abba's Child: The Cry of the Heart for Intimate Belonging
“Live in the wisdom of accepted tenderness. Tenderness awakens within the security of knowing we are thoroughly and sincerely liked by someone...
Scripture suggests that the essence of the divine nature is compassion and that the heart of God is defined by tenderness.”
Brennan Manning, Abba's Child: The Cry of the Heart for Intimate Belonging
“In my experience, self-hatred is the dominant malaise crippling Christians and stifling their growth in the Holy Spirit.”
Brennan Manning, Abba's Child: The Cry of the Heart for Intimate Belonging
“Experience has taught me that I connect best with others when I connect with the core of myself. When I allow God to liberate me from unhealthy dependence on people, I listen more attentively, love more unselfishly, and am more compassionate and playful. I take myself less seriously, become aware that the breath of the Father is on my face.”
Brennan Manning, Abba's Child: The Cry of the Heart for Intimate Belonging
“For me the most radical demand of Christian faith lies in summoning the courage to say yes to the present risenness of Jesus Christ.”
Brennan Manning, Abba's Child: The Cry of the Heart for Intimate Belonging
“The engaged mind, illuminated by truth, awakens awareness; the engaged heart, affected by love, awakens passion. May I say once more - this essential energy of the soul is not an ecstatic trance, high emotion or a sanguine stance toward life: It is a fierce longing for God, an unyielding resolve to live in and out of our belovedness. - pg. 152

Brennan Manning, Abba's Child: The Cry of the Heart for Intimate Belonging
“The life of Jesus suggests that to be like Abba is to show compassion.

Donald Gray expresses this: "Jesus reveals in an exceptionally human life what it is to live a divine life, a compassionate life.”
Brennan Manning, Abba's Child: The Cry of the Heart for Intimate Belonging
“Without fear I can acknowledge that the authentic Christian tension is not between life and death, but between life and life.”
Brennan Manning, Abba's Child: The Cry of the Heart for Intimate Belonging
“We are not cowed into timidity by death and life. Were we forced to rely on our own shabby resources we would be pitiful people in deed. But the awareness of Christ's present risenness persuades us that we are buoyed up and carried on by a life greater than our own.”
Brennan Manning, Abba's Child: The Cry of the Heart for Intimate Belonging
“The anything-goes passiveness of the religious and political Left is matched by the preachy moralism of the religious and political Right. The person who uncritically embraces any party line is guilty of an idolatrous surrender of her core identity as Abba's Child. Neither liberal fairy dust nor conservative hardball addresses our ragged human dignity.”
Brennan Manning, Abba's Child: The Cry of the Heart for Intimate Belonging
“My identity as Abba’s child is not an abstraction or a tap dance into religiosity. It is the core truth of my existence. Living in the wisdom of accepted tenderness profoundly affects my perception of reality, the way I respond to people and their life situations. How I treat my brothers and sisters from day to day, whether they be Caucasian, African, Asian, or Hispanic; how I react to the sin-scarred wino on the street; how I respond to interruptions from people I dislike; how I deal with ordinary people in their ordinary unbelief on an ordinary day will speak the truth of who I am more poignantly than the pro-life sticker on the bumper of my car. We are not for life simply because we are warding off death. We are sons and daughters of the Most High and maturing in tenderness to the extent that we are for others—all others—to the extent that no human flesh is strange to us, to the extent that we can touch the hand of another in love, to the extent that for us there are no “others.”
Brennan Manning, Abba's Child: The Cry of the Heart for Intimate Belonging
“When belonging to an elite group eclipses the love of God, when I draw life and meaning from any source other than my belovedness, I am spiritually dead. When God gets relegated to second place behind any bauble or trinket, I have swapped the pearl of great price for painted fragments of glass.”
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“When being is divorced from doing, pious thoughts become an adequate substitute for washing dirty feet.”
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“Quit keeping score altogether and surrender yourself with all your sinfulness to God who sees neither the score nor the scorekeeper but only his child redeemed by Christ.”
Brennan Manning, Abba's Child: The Cry of the Heart for Intimate Belonging

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