Catholics for a Changing Church

"To live is to change, and to be perfect is to have changed often" - Bl. John Henry Newman

Look at Him (#167)

Look not at his divinity,

But look, rather, at his freedom.

Look not at the exaggerated tales of his power,

But look, rather, at his infinite capacity to give himself away.

Look not at the first-century mythology that surrounds him,

But look, rather, at his courage to be,

His ability to live,

The contagious quality of his love.


Stop your frantic search!


Be still and know that this is God:

          This love,

This freedom,

This life,

This being;

And when you are accepted,

Accept yourself;

When you are forgiven,

Forgive yourself;

When you are loved,

Love yourself.

Grasp the Christpower

And dare to be yourself!


BY John S. Spong

In my attempt to separate the essence of the Christ from the interpretive creeds, doctrines, and dogmas of the Church, this poem has been the basis for my studies and spiritual journey for the last thirty years.

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