15.3.06

a sacrilege and a desecration!!

Kate Booth's words from her biography "The Marechale" about the Army's work she started in France....
"When I went to France, I said to Christ: "I in You and You in me!" And many a time in confronting single-handed a laughing, scoffing crowd, I have said, "You and I are enough for them. I won't fail You, and You won't fail me." That is something of which we have only touched the fringe. That is a truth almost hermetically sealed. It would be sacrilege, it would be desecration, it would be wrong, unfair, unjust if Divine power were given on any other terms than absolute self-abandonment. When I went to France, I said to Jesus, "I will suffer anything if You will give me the keys." And if I am asked what was the secret of our power in France, I answer: First, love; second, love; third, love. And if you ask how to get it, I answer: First, by sacrifice. Christ loves us passionately, and loves to be loved passionately." From "The Marechale" by James Strahan.

2 comments:

Captain Andrew Clark said...

Hallelujah!

JoJo said...

Thanks lu for the inspiration I needed in talking to our Transformers. These are guys (well, mostly cirls actually) that are heading overseas for 6 weeks to visit and work with Tearfund partners overseas. I had to lead the session on the first night of their orientation and read this to them (having got mum to dictate it over the phone cos I forgot to print it out). I am so inspired and challenged by the call to absolute abandonment - what we need to put aside or take up and the length of this journey for me. I'm so not there yet but know God isn't asking for more than I can give - he just wants me, and the best bits not the leftovers that I so often offer up when I'm done with everything and everyone else. Kate Booth - what a legend.