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Nadia Bolz-Weber on spiritual growth

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Nadia Bolz-Weber
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FindCenter Quotes ImageThe movement in our relationship to God is always from God to us. Always. We can’t, through our piety or goodness, move closer to God. God is always coming near to us. Most especially in the Eucharist and in the stranger.

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FindCenter Quotes ImageWe want to go to God for answers, but sometimes what we get is God’s presence.

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FindCenter Quotes ImageGod’s grace is a gift that is freely given to us. We don’t earn a thing when it comes to God’s love, and we only try to live in response to the gift. No one is climbing the spiritual ladder. We don’t continually improve until we are so spiritual we no longer need God.

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FindCenter Quotes ImageThose most qualified to speak the gospel are those who truly know how unqualified they are to speak the gospel.

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FindCenter Quotes ImageIt has been my experience that what makes us the saints of God is not our ability to be saintly but rather God’s ability to work through sinners.

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FindCenter Quotes ImageMy former bishop Allan Bjorberg once said that the greatest spiritual practice isn’t yoga or praying the hours or living in intentional poverty, although these are all beautiful in their own way. The greatest spiritual practice is just showing up.

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FindCenter Quotes ImageGetting closer to God might mean getting told to love someone I don’t even like, or to give away even more of my money. It might mean letting some idea or dream that is dear to me get ripped away.

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