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A Question of Experience

To me, the God issue is a question of experience. For example, I want people I love not to die; I want friendships that are not betrayed; I want justice—desires that seem to make no sense, that appear in fact to be irrational…. There is, I admit, a certain uselessness to this, in terms of the fact that nothing in the world seems to correspond with or answer these desires. All that I ask of myself, and I think it is reasonable to ask everybody else, is to be faithful to that experience and to explore the implications of it. And if something is found that explains it, so that the question disappears, then fine, that’s the answer, and that’s that.

— Msgr. Lorenzo Albacete, from discussion panel “Faith & Science” from World Science Festival, 2008  <link>

Like Water and Oil

Both water and oil come from the earth. And though they are similar in many ways, they are opposites in their nature and their purpose. One extinguishes fire, the other gives fuel to the fire. Similarly, the world and its treasures are creations of God along with the soul and its thirst for spiritual truth. But if we try to quench the thirst of our soul with the wealth and pride and honors of this world, then it is like trying to extinguish fire with oil. The soul will only find peace and contentment in the One who created it along with its longing. When we turn to the living Master, we receive water that satisfies our soul. This water is a well of spiritual life that springs up deep within us.

— Sundar Singh, Wisdom of the Sadhu: Teachings of Sundar Singh  <link>

The tyranny of man over man is but the external expression of each man’s enslavement to his own desires. For who is the slave of his own desires necessarily exploits others in order to pay tribute to the tyrant within himself.

— Thomas Merton, The Inner Experience  <link>