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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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“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
“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
“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
“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
“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
“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
“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
“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
“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
“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
“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
“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
“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
“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
“To be nobody but yourself in a world which is doing its best day and night to make you everybody else, means to fight the hardest battle which any human being can fight, and never stop fighting."
E. E. CUMMINGS”
Brennan Manning, Abba's Child: The Cry of the Heart for Intimate Belonging
“When being is divorced from doing, pious thoughts become an adequate substitute for washing dirty feet.”
Brennan Manning, Abba's Child: The Cry of the Heart for Intimate Belonging with Bonus Content
“Thornton Wilder’s one-act play “The Angel That Troubled the Waters,” based on John 5:1-4, dramatizes the power of the pool of Bethesda to heal whenever an angel stirred its waters. A physician comes periodically to the pool hoping to be the first in line and longing to be healed of his melancholy. The angel finally appears but blocks the physician just as he is ready to step into the water. The angel tells the physician to draw back, for this moment is not for him. The physician pleads for help in a broken voice, but the angel insists that healing is not intended for him. The dialogue continues—and then comes the prophetic word from the angel: “Without your wounds where would your power be? It is your melancholy that makes your low voice tremble into the hearts of men and women. The very angels themselves cannot persuade the wretched and blundering children on earth as can one human being broken on the wheels of living. In Love’s service, only wounded soldiers can serve. Physician, draw back.” Later, the man who enters the pool first and is healed rejoices in his good fortune and turning to the physician says: “Please come with me. It is only an hour to my home. My son is lost in dark thoughts. I do not understand him and only you have ever lifted his mood. Only an hour.… There is also my daughter: since her child died, she sits in the shadow. She will not listen to us but she will listen to you.”13 Christians who remain in hiding continue to live the lie. We deny the reality of our sin. 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. We cling to our bad feelings and beat ourselves with the past when what we should do is let go. As Dietrich Bonhoeffer said, guilt is an idol. But when we dare to live as forgiven men and women, we join the wounded healers and draw closer to Jesus.”
Brennan Manning, Abba's Child: The Cry of the Heart for Intimate Belonging with Bonus Content
“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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