Recognition

July 14, 2017

“God created man with an inner sense that there is something bigger out there, something that transcends mankind. That something is God and He requires recognition. The created world points us to God, but we suppress that truth, preferring to put ourselves in the place of God, in effect saying, “There is no God but me.” (Foundation Study Bible, Romans 1:18-19)

 

“We are surrounded by the many miracles of life, and yet we fail to recognize them.” (Tim Hansel)

 

“Unfortunately, more often than not, our society is failing to provide children with the kinds of experience that nurture and build the moral imagination. One measure of the impoverishment of the moral imagination in the rising generations is their inability to recognize, make, or use metaphors…it is often through metaphor, through symbol, and through story that we recognize truth and see a measure of God that can only be expressed and understood in this manner.” (Vigen Guroian, Sacramental Living Blog)

 

“Having a Sacramental world view means that you don’t buy into the lie of the sacred versus the secular. You understand as St. Paul says that “in Him we live move and have our being” and you have a heart that recognizes and perceives God’s presence…The Sacramental worldview allows us to see God revealed in every aspect of the order of creation...” (Sacramental Living Blog, Father Thomas Loya)

 

 “It would seem that there is nothing harder to attain than purity of heart and nothing more impossible than to see God. For, is it possible for our heart to be pure and spotless when out of it come evil thoughts…, murder, adultery, fornication, theft, false witness, slander (Matt. 15:19), or for us to see God Whom no man has ever seen or can see (1 Tim. 6:16; John 1:18; 1 John 4:12)? Nevertheless, the Savior speaks of purity of heart and of seeing God with the heart, because the previous Beatitudes teach the Christian humility, mourning, meekness, righteousness and mercy; for only the spirit which has acquired these virtues will give a new fruit grace-endowed purity of heart and radiant holiness that sees God from within.” (St. Tikhon Monastery)

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