Divine vs. Human Wisdom

Years of working with Scripture has taught me that the most explosive divine concepts (for example, continual prayer, complete detachment, a sparing-sharing lifestyle) while they at first seem impossible are seen upon further study to be absolutely correct. It is quite otherwise with human wisdom. At first it has the appearance of truth, but upon further testing and experience it is found to be lacking in only too many cases.

Thomas Dubay S.M.

Prayer and Life

Strange it is that when people experience emptiness in prayer, they assume the main problem must be that they have not yet found the right book or the right technique oriental or occidental. Scripture says nothing about method at prayer, but it does say a great deal about true poverty. The main problem in developing a deep prayer life is by far the failure to live the radicality of the Gospel, hour by hour and day by day.

Thomas Dubay, S.M.

Listening

[The spiritual dimension of] listening is that attitude of heart whereby that which is deepest and most mysterious in us remains in loving attentiveness to that which is deepest and most mysterious in God.

Francis Kelly Nemeck and Marie Therese Coombs

Identity

[After creating the heavens and the earth] God said, Let us make man in our own image, in the likeness of ourselves and let them be masters of the fish of the sea, the birds of heaven, the cattle, all the wild animals and all the creatures that creep along the ground. God created man in the image of himself, in the image of God he created him, male and female he created them. God blessed them, saying to them, Be fruitful, multiply, fill the earth and subdue it. Be masters of the fish of the sea, the birds of heaven and all the living creatures that move on earth And so it was. God saw all he had made, and indeed it was very good.

Gn. 1:26-31