"Love is the source and goal; faith is the slow process of getting there; hope is the willingness to move forward without resolution."
(image: Center for Action & Contemplation, shared by Contemplative Monk)
The other was by Geneen Roth, whose books about women's relationships with their bodies have had a huge impact on me, particularly Women, Food and God, which taught me to love my body, rather than hating her. She wrote:
"You already have everything you need to be content. Your real work is to do whatever it takes to realize that."
(image: Geneen Roth)
It strikes me that they are both talking about the same thing. For me, the recognition that God is Love, and that my whole life should be about growing into a more loving relationship with Him/Her - both source and goal, is a life-changing revelation.
Having faith is the realization that God *already* loves me, just the way I am - I already have "everything you need to be content". My "real work" will be to be aware of this every day, so that I can grow closer to God, and grow into the sort of person who walks lovingly through life, cherishing that of God in everyone, and in the the natural world..
It will take a lifetime, but now I know where I'm going.