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Summons to Life, Contemporary Christian Insights
Martin Israel

1 "We know most of God when we know ourselves best. It is the movement towards self-knowledge that brings us towards a knowledge of life."

2 "This is man's end – to worship God and to enjoy Him forever."

3 "In the spiritual life you are confronted by a psychoanalyst who is your own soul guided by the Holy Spirit. When we are most abject we are also most receptive to divine grace."

4 "The journey downwards into our own inner nature is the way to God….In this realised divinity there is eternal joy."

5 "This is the splendid vision of the mystic, that God is in all His creation, and we, in union with Him, can participate in the transfiguration of matter."

6 "The great discovery that lies in promise for us all is the realisation of our true identity, that within each of us which is authentic."

7 "God reveals Himself to us in all guises provided we have the courtesy to pay attention."

8 "Love is the most exalted knowledge, for it is unitive."

9 "This is the deeper significance of the evolutionary process, that the human creature might re-establish communion with the Creator as a fully responsible agent infused with the power of God."

10 "When the personality is infused by the authenticity of the soul, the will is free and acting under the direct instructions of the Holy Spirit. Then we are indeed participants in God's will."

11 "God…comes to us when we are broken, and He mends the personality within us. The gratitude we evince and the depth of understanding with which we are now endowed help us to feel into the sufferings of others. Thus does compassion develop."

12 "There is one God, and all are embraced in Him and infused in Him."

13 "Interpenetrating and transcending the world of phenomenal life there is an order of being that both sustains life and draws it to its final destination. The order of being of which I speak is all-embracing, having no finite parts, and neither beginning nor end. It embraces every created object."

14 "The spiritually alive person is aware….that there is a power behind the cosmic flow which is all-powerful and all-caring."

15 "To know your true self is life's quest. When it is known, you have indeed grown into life."

16 "Prayer is as necessary for the soul as air is for the body. The fruit of prayer is vision; the action of prayer is love."

17 "Love makes no demands, neither does it look for results. It is unaware of itself in its concern for the other, and its recompense is helping the beloved to be more fully himself."

18 "When we know ourselves we begin to live with meaning and purpose. The world expands, and our hearts respond in joyful radiance. This is the life abundant which alone is worth having."

19 "In the mad rush for security and peace, there is too often an escape from the person to an outer world of authority, where responsibility may be laid at the door of someone else. Yet there can be no peace that does not come from the depths of our own being, no security that does not arise from the love within, and no knowledge that does not proclaim the unity of the person in the greater community of creation."

20 "When the awareness of the mind transcends the isolation of the personal self, it establishes an intimate relationship with the other, so that it is no longer merely a subject-object communication. This communication is one in which perceiver and perceived, thinker and thought, subject and object are united into a single all-pervading reality in which duality, or separation, is lost."

21 "In the incarnation of Christ we see the coincidence of the human and the divine wills, separate yet united. And this is the promise for all mankind as it partakes fully of the divine nature deeply ingrained in it."

22 "Real freedom is far from being a condition in which we are in absolute charge of ourselves according to the personal sefishness we exhibit. It is a state of willed discipline to the highest we know, a knowledge that is innate in the soul, and which, through the gift of faith, is made manifest in our lives."

23 "The growth into the fullness of our own being is a growing into a progressively greater knowledge of the being of God."

24 "Each kindly action changes the perspectives of those in contact with us, and so starts a chain reaction that culminates in a change of heart of many people."

25 "In real love, the centre of our being is no longer rooted in the personal self but in the soul, which is in eternal communion, through the spirit, with all other souls and with God."

This body of quotes compiled by JoAnn Kite