In the Realm of Mercy, We Can Meet God

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“The word “humility” comes from the Latin word ‘humus’ which means fertile ground. To me, humility is not what we often make of it: the sheepish way of trying to imagine that we are the worst of all and trying to convince others that our artificial ways of behaving show that we are aware of that. Humility is the situation of the earth. the earth is always there, always taken for granted, never remembered, always trodden on by everyone, somewhere we cast and pour out all the refuse, all we don’t need. It’s there, silent and accepting everything and in a miraculous way making out of all the refuse new richness in spite of corruption, transforming corruption itself into a power of life and a new possibility of creativeness, open to the sunshine, open to the rain, ready to receive any seed we sow and capable of bring thirtyfold, sixtyfold, a hundredfold out of every seed… Learn to be like this before God; abandoned, surrendered, ready to receive anything from people and anything from God… This is the weakness in which God can manifest His power and this is the situation in which the absence of God can become the presence of God. We cannot capture God. But whenever we stand outside the realm of ‘right’, only in the realm of mercy, we can meet God.” -Metropolitan Anthony Bloom “Beginning to Pray”

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