Reflection 2.12.18

02/12/2018

There is a French Marian legend about a storyteller who gives up his fickle life and enters a monastery. But the life of the monks remains strange to him; he knows neither how to recite nor chant a prayer. He pours out his lament to the Virgin Mary and she tells him to serve God with what he can do, namely to dance and leap. From that moment on, he skips the divine offices and dances during those times. He is called to the abbot and believes that he is about to be expelled. But the abbot only says, “With your dancing you have glorified God with body and soul. But may God forgive us all those lofty words that pass our lips without coming from the heart.”

~Dorothee Soelle, The Silent Cry: Mysticism and Resistance


Reflection 3.17.17

03/17/2017

We are afraid of religion because it interprets rather than just observes. Religion does not confirm that there are hungry people in the world; it interprets the hungry to be our brethren whom we allow to starve.

~Dorothee Sölle, German theologian and writer, Death by Bread Alone


Reflection 12.5.16

12/05/2016

Redemption does not come to people from outside or from above. God wants to use people in order to work on the completion of creation. Precisely for this reason God must also suffer with the creation.

~Dorothee Soelle


Reflection 9.3.16

09/03/2016

Redemption does not come to people from outside or from above. God wants to use people in order to work on the completion of creation. Precisely for this reason God must also suffer with the creation.

Dorothee Soelle, Suffering


Reflection 5.18.12

05/18/2012

Bible texts are best read with a pair of glasses made out of today’s newspaper.

~Dorothee Sölle, German theologian and writer