Resources on Prophecy
2 quotations from Thomas Merton on prophecy (from Jan Hoffman):
. . . It is better to prophesy than to deride. To prophesy is not to predict, but to seize upon reality in its moment of highest expectation and tension toward the new. This tension is discovered not in hypnotic elation but in the light of everyday experience.
-- Thomas Merton, Raids on the Unspeakable, p. 159
. . . [Prophets] in the traditional sense [are] not merely [people] who foretell the future under spiritual inspiration. That is in fact quite accidental. [They are] above all ['witnesses']. . . . [Prophets] shoulder the 'burden' of vision that God lays upon [them]. . . . Prophets are those who live in direct submission to the Holy Spirit in order that, by [their] lives, actions, and words, [they] may at all times be a sign of God in [this human] world.
-- Thomas Merton, Disputed Questions
In his classic book, A Testament of Devotion, Thomas Kelly quotes Meister Eckhart: "There are plenty to follow our Lord half-way, but not the other half. They will give up possessions, friends and honors, but it touches them too closely to disown themselves." Kelly goes on to say, "It is just this astonishing life which is willing to follow Him the other half, sincerely to disown itself, this life which intends complete obedience, without any reservations, that I would propose to you in all humility, in all boldness, in all seriousness. I mean this literally, utterly, completely, and I mean it for you and for me--commit your lives in unreserved obedience to Him."
Quotations from The Prophetic Imagination by Walter Brueggemann
Summary of each chapter in The Prophetic Imagination
Transcript of Krista Tippett's interview from the NPR show "On Being" with Walter Brueggemann on Prophetic Imagination
Interview with Walter Brueggemann at Georgetown U Center for Christian Discernment
Marion McNaughton, An Orientation to Prophecy plenary talk FWCC trienniel held in Dublin in 2007
Five Dimensions of Prophecy adapted from a paper by Peter Henriot, SJ and the Rev George Chauncey for Interfaith Action for Economic Justice