"I will believe the truth about myself
no matter how beautiful it is:
I believe in my power to
transform indifference into love.
I believe I have an amazing gift
to keep hope alive in the face of despair…
I believe I have the strength of will
to be peace in a world of violence.
I believe in my miraculous capacity
for unconditional love.
I will believe the truth about myself
no matter how beautiful it is."
Compline Prayer for the Noon Hour by Macrine Wiederkehr (via a-vicar-of-minneapolis)
This has been in my drafts folder for months. It’s one of the most difficult prayers I’ve ever read, and It’s been coming to mind a lot lately.
"To force ourselves into any kind of identity that is different from what God created us to be – whether by denying our innate sexuality, by trying to change our sexual attractions to something else, by repressing any and all sexual thoughts and feelings – is to deny that we are created as beings in God’s image.
This is the first step toward developing a healthy sexual ethic – the recognition that you are okay. God created you, God made you, and God loves you. Get comfortable with who you are as a creature of God. You are okay."
Dianna E. Anderson, "Leaving Purity Culture: Now What?"
I’ve been really enjoying Dianna’s series on leaving/unlearning purity culture.There are 9 parts so far, including consent, intentionality, can abstinence be right? (her answer: choose what’s right for you), fluid sexualities, and a two parter called “Beyond Vanilla” on BDSM.
This—from one of the first posts—very nearly made me cry. Purity culture is so toxic, and it’s hard to know how to replace it when you’ve left.
I’m really looking forward to reading her book, which comes out next February.
"I cannot discover God in myself and myself in others unless I have the courage to face myself exactly as I am, with all my limitations, and to accept others as they are, with all their limitations. The religious answer is not religion if it is not fully real."
— Thomas Merton, quoted in this a radio pilgrimage to L’Arche. (via beingblog)
"There is no passion to be found playing small – in settling for a life that is less than the one you are capable of living."
— Nelson Mandela (via ttfkagb)
(Source: katiecouric, via ttfkagb)