I was raised Roman Catholic in Berkeley, California, and at university boomeranged to the socially liberal extreme. I cast off my belief in God, agreeing wholeheartedly with Marx that “the existence of religion is the existence of defect”. But I soon found that those who claimed to be free of religion, including myself, often came to embody its worst aspects. Among the greatest mistakes that educated westerners make is to assume, first, that religion can be eliminated from politics, and second, that it is a purely reactionary social force.
Padraic Rohan in The New Humanist
One way to express the crisis of our time is to say that most of us have an address but cannot be found there.
Henri Nouwen (via)
Man has to suffer. When he has no real afflictions, he invents some.