quotes from Brennan Manning: ‘My deepest awareness of myself is that I am deeply loved by Jesus Christ and I have done nothing to earn it or deserve it. The Ragamuffin Gospel is a book about the essence of Christianity by former Franciscan priest Brennan Manning. Manning argues that Jesus’ gospel was one . The late Brennan Manning wrote his classic The Ragamuffin Gospel for the “ bedraggled, beat-up, and burnt-out,” for “anyone who has grown weary and.

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We can recognize our poverty and powerlessness as what bring us closer to a God whose love embraces us no matter manniny. This and so much more is sheer gift; it is not reward for our faithfulness, our generous disposition, or our heroic life of prayer.

And maybe you answer, “Oh, I know that.

The Ragamuffin Gospel By Brennan Manning

For grace proclaims the awesome truth that all is gift. Yet they opened themselves to the gift that was offered them.

We weep at the unjustified destruction of the unborn. When I have decided that I can now cope with the awful love of God I have headed to the shallows to avoid the deeps.

Manning argues that Jesus’ gospel was one of grace, and gospdl efforts to earn salvation are impossibly misguided. My personal experience of the relentless tenderness of God came not from exegetes, theologians, and spiritual writers, but from sitting still in the presence of the living Word and beseeching Him to help me understand with my head and heart His written Word.

It is magnificent in its simplicity and depth and honesty and gratefulness and worship. I shall see the woman who had an abortion and is haunted by guilt and remorse but did the best bbrennan could faced with grueling alternatives; the businessman besieged with debt who sold his integrity in a series of desperate transactions; the insecure clergyman addicted to being liked, who never challenged his people from the pulpit and longed for unconditional love; the sexually abused teen molested by his father and now selling his body on the street, who, as he falls asleep each night after his last ‘trick’, whispers the name of the unknown God he learned about in Sunday school.


Why are we likely to believe in grace in theory but deny it in practice? Return to Book Page. Even our fidelity is a gift, “If we but turn to God,” said St.

The 50 Best, MOST Profound Quotes From The Ragamuffin Gospel

We come to Him as ragamuffins—dirty, bedraggled, and beat-up. He took his woes to God. He is our life, the most real fact about us. When the religious views of others interpose between us and the primary experience of Jesus as the Christ, we become unconvicted and unpersuasive travel agents handing out brochures to places we brenna never visited.

The 50 Best, MOST Profound Quotes From The Ragamuffin Gospel

Preview — Abba’s Child by Brennan Manning. Sale The Ragamuffin Gospel: Usually we see other people not as they are, but as we are. I am God, not man. This is the joy of the gospel.

Therefore, we don’t know we can’t do anything more than suspect what inspires the action of another. God not only loves you, He likes you. Are you bedraggled, beat-up, burnt-out? It obliterates the two-class citizenship theory operative in many American churches.

They were sensitive antennae to which He listened carefully and dagamuffin which He perceived the will of His Father for congruent speech and action.


The Father is justice and love; the Son is love and justice. Consequently all we can raagamuffin is pretend to believe we have been forgiven. Preview — Ruthless Trust by Brennan Manning. If we are open, we rarely resort to either-or: Even our fidelity is a gift, “If we but turn to God,” said St. Aristotle said I am a rational animal; I say I am an angel with an incredible capacity for beer. He took his woes to God.

Human logic is based on human experience and human nature. As a result, our whole spiritual life is pseudo repentance and pseudo bliss. My friends, if this is not good news to you, you have never understood the gospel of grace.

We don’t find demons in those with whom we disagree. Sheer scholarship alone cannot reveal to us the gospel of grace.

Did we also weep when the evening news reported from Arkansas that a black family had been shotgunned out of a white neighborhood. The Ragamuffin Gospel has changed thousands of lives since it was first published twenty-five years ago.

Most people understand imagery and symbol better than doctrine and dogma. My words are written in the blood of My only Son. In John’s Gospel we are told that Jesus was moved with the deepest emotions He knew that following Him was as unsentimental as duty, as demanding as love. We have the manniny to believe where others deny, to hope where others despair, to love where others hurt.