I've always assumed that every time a child is born, the divine reenters the world. Okay? That's the meaning of the christmas story. And every time that child's purity is corrupted by society, that's the meaning of the crucifixion story. Your man jesus stands for that child, that pure spirit, and as its surrogate, he's being born and put to death again and again, over and over, every time we inhale and exhale, not just at the vernal equinox and on the twenty-fifth of december.
Among the sayings and discourses imputed to him (i.e. jesus) by his biographers, i find many passages of fine imagination, correct morality, and of the most lovely benevolence; and others again of so much ignorance, so much absurdity, so much untruth, charlatanism, and imposture, as to pronounce it impossible that such contradictions should have proceeded from the same being.
Everything starts with prayer. Love to pray-feel the need to pray often during the day and take the trouble to pray. If you want to pray better, you must pray more. The more you pray, the easier it becomes. Perfect prayer does not consist of many words but in the fervor of the desire which raises the heart to jesus.
I had no interests. I had no interest in anything. I had no idea how i was going to escape. At least the others had some taste for life. They seemed to understand something that i didnt understand. Maybe i was lacking. It was possible. I often felt inferior. I just wanted to get away from them. But there was no place to go. Suicide? Jesus christ, just more work. I felt like sleeping for five years but they wouldnt let me.
Dearest lord, may i see you today and every day in the person of your sick, and, whilst nursing them, minister unto you. Though you hide yourself behind the unattractive disguise of the irritable, the exacting, the unreasonable, may i still recognize you, and say: "jesus, my patient, how sweet it is to serve you.
Who is jesus to me? Jesus is the word made flesh. Jesus is the bread of life. Jesus is the victim offered for our sins on the cross. Jesus is the sacrifice offered at holy mass for the sins of the world and for mine. Jesus is the word - to be spoken. Jesus is the truth - to be told. Jesus is the way - to be walked. Jesus is the light - to be lit. Jesus is the life - to be lived. Jesus is the love - to be loved
You must make your choice: either this man was, and is, the son of god, or else a madman or something worse. you can shut him up for a fool, you can spit at him and kill him as a demon; or you can fall at his feet and call him lord and god. but let us not come with any patronizing nonsense about his being a great human teacher. he has not left that open to us. he did not intend to.
If we believe that he [jesus christ]really countenanced the follies, the falsehoods, and the charlatanisms, which his biographers [writers of the new testament]father upon him, and admit the misconstructions, interpolations, and theorizations of the fathers of the early and the fanatics of the latter ages, the conclusion would be irresistible by every sound mind that he was an impostor.