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But Moses said to God, "Who am I
that I should go to Pharaoh and lead
the Israelites out of Egypt?" He
answered, "I will be with you; and
this shall be your proof that it is I
who have sent you: when you bring
my people out of Egypt, you will
worship God on this very mountain."
 "But," said Moses to God, "When I
go to the Israelites and say to them,
'The god of your fathers has sent me
to you,' if they ask me, 'What is his
name?' what am I to tell them?" God
replied, "I am who am." Then he
added, "This is what you shall tell
the Israelites: I AM sent me to you."

Exodus 3: 11-14
New American Bible
When God joins the community of man the miracle of revelation takes place in two dimensions: in
the transcendental---
Deus revelatus---and in the human--homo absconditus sheds his mask and turns
homo revelatus. With the sound of the divine voice addressing man by his name, be it Abraham,
Moses, or Samuel, God, whom man has sought along the endless trails of the universe, is discovered
suddenly as being close to and intimate with man, standing just opposite or beside him. At this
meeting--initiated by God---of God and man, the covenantal-prophetic community is established.
When man addresses himself to God, calling Him in the informal tones of "Thou," the same miracle
happens again: God joins man and at this meeting, initiated by man, a new covenantal community is
born--the prayer community.

Joseph B. Soloveitchik
From 'The Lonely Man of Faith'
Three Leaves Press, 1965
For twelve years at a stretch I was the smith
of my own being. I laid it on the hearth of
asceticism, heated it red-hot in the fire of
ordeals, set it on the anvil of fear, and
pounded it with the hammer of admonition.
Thus I made it into a mirror that served me
to gaze at myself for five years, during which
I never ceased to dissolve the rust from this
mirror by acts of piety and devotion...For
thirty years I went in search of God, and
when at the end of that time I opened my
eyes, I discovered that it was he who had
been looking for me.

Bayezid Bistami
India, 9th century
One who loves God desires to enjoy the society
of God, not to become one with him. One's desire
is not to be transformed into the sugar, but to
taste it.

Ramakrishna (1833-1886)
India, one of the most important Hindu teachers of modern times
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O divine seed of eternity! We can never sufficiently praise you. Better to possess
you in silence than praise you with feeble words. Or, rather I should say, praise we
must, but let us praise you only because we are yours...In this mortal and spiritual
compound, this sphere which you look upon as your kingdom, it is the heart that
reigns supreme under your direction.

Jean-Pierre de Caussade (1675-1751)
French Jesuit priest whose words were preserved by the Sisters at Nancy
From 'The Sacrament of the Present Moment'
HarperSanFrancisco, 1966
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To those who only know it outwardly, Christianity
seems desperately intricate. In reality, taken in it
main lines, it contains an extremely simple and
astonishingly bold solution of the world.

In the centre, so glaring as to be disconcerting, is
the uncompromising affirmation of a personal God:
God as providence, directing the universe with
loving, watchful care; and God the revealer,
communicating himself to man on the level of and
through the ways of intelligence.

Pere Teilhard de Chardin
French Jesuit, paleontologist and philosopher
From  'The Phenomenon of Man'
Harper and Row, 1955
Heaven and earth will pass away: but my words will not pass away.

Mark 13: 31
God wants to be involved in our everyday life. We need to let God
out of the Sunday morning box we that try to keep him in.

Joyce Meyer (1943-      )
Evangelical author and speaker