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By Diogenes (articles ) | Jun 27, 2006

Karen Hall has a spirited reflection on dogma-free religious life and its discontents.

One of my Jesuit friends says, "You know that you have created God in your own image when He hates all the same people you do." That may well be true. But you also know that you have created God in your own image when He has tossed out all the rules that you don't like.

As a check against this kind of self-deception, George MacDonald proposes a simple but searching test: "Ask yourself whether you have this day done one thing because He said, Do it, or once abstained because He said, Do not do it."

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  • Posted by: Vincit omnia amor - Jun. 27, 2006 8:15 PM ET USA

    sometimes grand truths can be expressed in such simple ways. have found that many of the Saints had this wonderful ability. certainly, Mr. MacDonald's suggestion is one to be considered each day, or at least until one has built up the virtue of denying oneself in imitation of the Lord Jesus... and the Saints ;)

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