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Johann Baptist Metz Quotes

The shortest definition of religion: interruption.
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We must learn to accept ourselves in the painful experiment of living. We must embrace the spiritual adventure of becoming human, moving through the many stages that lie between birth and death.

— Johann Baptist Metz

There is a poverty of the average human's life, who is unnoticed by the world. It is the poverty of the commonplace. There is nothing heroic about it; it is the poverty of the common lot, devoid of ecstasy. Jesus was poor in this way. He was no model figure for humanists, no great artist or statesman, no diffident genius. He was a frighteningly simple man, whose only talent was to do good. The one great passion in his life was "the Father." Yet it was precisely in this way that he demonstrated "the wonder of empty hands" (Bernanos), the great potential of the person on the street, whose radical dependence on God is no different from anyone else's. He has no talent but that of his own heart, no contribution to make except self-abandonment, no consolation save God alone.

— Johann Baptist Metz

History is not to be whitewashed "by a screening out of the importance of suffering."

— Johann Baptist Metz

Are we Christians in this country really changing our hearts, or do we just believe in a change of heart ... ?

— Johann Baptist Metz

Certainly, the church is not primarily a moral institution, but the bearer of a hope.

— Johann Baptist Metz

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