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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Goodreads helps you follow your favorite authors. Be the first to learn about new releases! If we conceal our wounds out of fear and shame, our inner darkness can neither be illuminated nor become a light for others. The Cry of the Heart for Intimate Belonging.

This is the true self. Every other identity is illusion. That is what an unbelieving world simply finds unbelievable. In admitting my shadow side I learn who I am and what God’s grace means. Above all, freedom from your opinions about yourself. I want a relationship with the Abba of Jesus, who is infinitely compassionate with my brokenness and at the same time an awesome, incomprehensible, and unwieldy Mystery.

I shall see the woman who had an abortion and is haunted by guilt and remorse rahamuffin did the best she could faced ragamucfin grueling alternatives; the brenhan 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 gosepl, whispers the name of the unknown God he learned about in Sunday school.

Then the voice says, ‘They have washed their robes and have made them white in the blood of the Lamb.

My friends, if this is not good news to you, you have never understood the gospel of grace. Finding Rest in Abba’s Embrace. Not to make people with better morals but to create a community of prophets and professional lovers, men and women who would surrender ragajuffin the mystery of the fire of the Spirit that burns within, who would live in ever greater fidelity ragamucfin the omnipresent Word of God, who would enter into the center of it all, the very heart and mystery of Christ, into the center of the flame that consumes, purifies, and sets everything aglow with peace, joy, boldness, and extravagant, furious love.


This, my friend, is what it really means to be a Christian. He took his woes to God. If I am not in touch with my own belovedness, then I cannot touch the sacredness of others. If I am estranged from myself, I am likewise a stranger to others. We listen to people ragamfufin other denominations and religions.

We don’t find demons in those with whom we disagree. We don’t cozy up to people who mouth gosppel jargon. If we are open, we rarely resort to ragamufffin We focus on both-and, fully aware that God’s truth cannot be imprisoned in a small definition. I believe and I doubt, I hope and get discouraged, I love and I hate, I feel bad about feeling good, I feel guilty about not feeling guilty.

I am trusting and suspicious. I am honest and I still play games. Aristotle said I am a rational animal; I say I am an angel with an incredible capacity for beer. To live by grace means to brennna my whole life story, the light side and the dark. As Thomas Merton put it, “A saint is not someone who is good but who experiences the goodness of God.

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It obliterates the two-class citizenship theory operative in many American churches. For grace proclaims the awesome truth that all is gift.

All that is good is ours not by right but by the sheer bounty of a gracious God. While there is much we may have earned–our degree and our salary, our home and garden, a Miller Lite and a good night’s sleep–all this is possible only because we have been given so much: We have been given God btennan our souls and Christ in our flesh. We have the power to believe where others deny, to hope where others despair, to love where others hurt.

This and so much more is sheer gift; it is not reward for our faithfulness, our generous disposition, or our heroic life ragamufifn prayer. Even our fidelity is a gift, “If we but turn to God,” said St. Augustine, “that itself is a gift of God. 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.


Sheer scholarship alone cannot reveal to us the gospel of grace. 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 have never visited. When Jesus said, “Come to me, all you who labor and are heavy burdened,” He assumed we would grow weary, discouraged, and disheartened along the way.

The Ragamuffin Gospel

These words are a touching testimony to the genuine humanness of Jesus. He had no romantic notion of the cost of discipleship. Rragamuffin knew that following Him was as unsentimental as duty, as demanding as love. He is not a hobby, a part-time project, a good theme for a book, or a last resort when all human effort fails. He is our life, the most real fact about us.

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He is the power and wisdom of God dwelling within us. Therefore, we don’t know we can’t do anything more than suspect what inspires the action of another. For this good and ragamurfin reason, we’re told not to judge. Tragedy is that our attention centers on what people are not, rather than on what they are and who they might become. In John’s Gospel we are told that Jesus was moved with the deepest emotions The gospel portrait of the beloved Child of Abba is that of a man exquisitely attuned to His emotions and uninhibited in expressing them.

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The Son of Man did not scorn of reject feelings as fickle and unreliable. They were sensitive antennae to which He listened carefully and through which He perceived the will of His Father for congruent speech and action. The art of gentleness toward ourselves leads to being gentle with others — and is a natural prerequisite for our presence to God in prayer.

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