Homeliness and Incarnation

One of the most convincing aspects of Christianity, if we try to see it in terms of our own day, is the contrast between its homely and inconspicuous beginnings and the holy powers it brought into the world. It keeps us in perpetual dread of despising small things, humble people, little groups. The Incarnation means that the Eternal God enters our common human life with all the energy of His creative love, to transform it, to exhibit to us its richness, its unguessed significance, speaking our language, and showing us His secret beauty on our own scale.”

-Evelyn Underhill, The School of Charity, pp.40-41

Missed Opportunities

“There are many things the Spirit could do through us, for the healing and redeeming of the world, if it were not for our cowardice, slackness, fastidiousness, or self-centered concentration on our own jobs. Individual Christians cannot attain to their full stature till they throw in their hand with the saints and the angels: more, with the broken, the struggling, and the meek. But most of us are too prudent, too careful to do that.”

-Evelyn Underhill, The School of Charity, p.96