Quotes by Leonardo Boff

Leonardo Boff is a Brazilian theologian and writer, known for his active support for the rights of the poor and excluded. (Wikipedia)

Falling Down

Falling is not just a physical accident. Falling means recognizing freely and sincerely the limits of our strength in the face of situations that are beyond us and force us to submit. Falling shows our human frailty. It reveals the fragile clay of which we are made, showing us that we are neither omnipotent nor invulnerable. Confronted with such a fall, we may nurture a spirit of revolt…. Or we may nurture a spirit of resignation…. There is a third possibility, however. We can nurture the spirit of humility. While calmly accepting our fall, we may still trust in God, whose strength comes to reinvigorate our weakness, and get up again with renewed courage.

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NOTE TO READERS:  Starting today, and for some undetermined length of time, I will need to suspend inward/outward due to having contracted pneumonia, complicated by a chronic heart condition and an overflow of ungrieved losses and exhaustion. This quote was already lined up before I knew that perhaps the Spirit had chosen it particularly for me. Oh, but I do see it now—I am the one falling; I am the fragile clay.

Thank you for your faithful reading, sharing, and posting in the past, and remember that all of the earlier Daily Words, and more, can be found again and again at www.inwardoutward.org. Keep digging for your own life’s truth. It’s closer than you might think, in every falling, getting up moment. – peace, Kayla

Share His Life

Those who commit themselves to the following of Christ pledge to share his life and destiny. Like Jesus, they do not regard life as something to be enjoyed egotistically but rather as service to their fellow human beings, particularly to the neediest.

Good News or Bad?

Access to the liberation granted by God is not achieved by a mere wave of some magic wand. People must undergo a conversion, must change their way of thinking and acting. Only to those who undergo conversion is the Kingdom good news. To others it is a judgment, a piece of bad news.

Not by Analysis

It is not by means of abstract analysis concerning the nature of God and human beings that we come to understand the nature of Jesus, the Man-God. Rather by seeing, imitating and deciphering Jesus, by living together with him, we come to know God and human beings.

God and Human Nature

It is not by means of abstract analysis concerning the nature of God and human beings that we come to understand the nature of Jesus, the Man-God. Rather by seeing, imitating and deciphering Jesus, by living together with him, we come to know God and human beings. The God who in and through Jesus reveals himself is human. And the human being who emerges in and through Jesus is divine.