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Followers of Jesus Need to Practice Listening to His Still Small Voice — A Quote by Thomas R. Kelly in “A Testament of Devotion”

“Such practice of inward orientation, of inward worship and listening… is the heart of religion. It is the secret, I am persuaded, of the inner life of the Master of Galilee. He expected this secret to be freshly discovered in everyone who would be his follower.”

— Thomas R. Kelly in “A Testament of Devotion”, p 6

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A Holy Sanctuary Lies Within Your Soul — A Quote by Thomas R. Kelly in “A Testament of Devotion”

“Deep within us all there is an amazing inner sanctuary of the soul, a holy place, a Divine Center a speaking Voice, to which we may continuously return… The basic response of the soul to the Light is internal adoration and joy, thanksgiving and worship, self-surrender and listening. The secret places of the heart cease to be our noisy workshop. They become a holy sanctuary of adoration and of self-oblation, where we are kept in perfect peace, if our minds be stayed on Him who has found us in the inner springs of our life.”

— Thomas R. Kelly in “A Testament of Devotion”, pp 3-4

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If You Want to Listen to the Holy Spirit, Simplify Your Life — A Quote by Thomas R. Kelly in “A Testament of Devotion”

“John Woolman… resolved to order his outward affairs as to be, at every moment, attentive to that voice. He simplified life on the basis of its relation to the divine Center. Nothing else really counted so much as attentiveness to that Root of all living which he found within himself.”

— Thomas R. Kelly in “A Testament of Devotion”, p 93

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God Wants You to Say “No” to Many Good Things — A Quote by Thomas R. Kelly in “A Testament of Devotion”

“The Divine Lover loving within me cannot accomplish its full intent, which is universal saviorhood, within the limits of three score years and ten. But the Loving Presence does not burden us equally with all things, but considerately puts upon each of us just a few central tasks, as emphatic responsibilities. For each of us these special undertakings are our share in the joyous burdens of love…”

“In the foreground is the special tasks, uniquely illuminated, toward which we feel a special yearning and care… But in the background is a second level, or layer, of universal concern for all the multitude of good things that need doing. Toward them all we feel kindly, but we are dismissed from active service in most of them. And we have an easy mind in the presence of desperately real needs which are not our direct responsibility. We cannot die on every cross, nor are we expected to.”

— Thomas R. Kelly in “A Testament of Devotion”, p 83

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Even in the 1930s, Americans Were Too Distracted — A Quote by Thomas R. Kelly in “A Testament of Devotion”

“I found that Americans carry into the tropics their same mad-cap, feverish life which we know on the mainland. Complexity of our program cannot be blamed upon complexity of our environment, much as we should like to think so. Nor will simplification of life follow simplification of environment…”

“We western peoples are apt to think our great problems are external, environmental. We are not skilled in the inner life where the real roots of our problem lie… The outer distractions of our interests reflect an inner lack of integration of our own lives. We are trying to be several selves at once, without all our selves being organized by a single, mastering Life within us.”

— Thomas R. Kelly in “A Testament of Devotion”, p 91

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Let God Be Your Leading to Say “No” — A Quote by Thomas R. Kelly in “A Testament of Devotion”

“Many of the things we are doing seem so important to us. We haven’t been able to say No to them, because they seem so important. But if we center down, as the old phrase goes, and live in that holy Silence which is dearer than life, and take our life program into the silent places of the heart, with complete openness, ready to do, ready to renounce according to His leading, then many of the things we are doing lose their vitality for us.”

— Thomas R. Kelly in “A Testament of Devotion”, p 95

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Peace Come from Living in the Divine Center — A Quote by Thomas R. Kelly in “A Testament of Devotion”

“Life is meant to be lived from a Center, a divine Center. Each one of us can live such a life of amazing power and peace and serenity, of integration and confidence and simplified multiplicity, on one condition — that is, if we really want to. There is a divine Abyss within us all, a holy Infinite Center, a Heart, a Life who speaks in us and through us to the world. We have all heard this holy Whisper at times. At times we have followed the Whisper, and amazing equilibrium of life, amazing effectiveness of living set in. But too many of us have heeded the Voice only at times.”

— Thomas R. Kelly in “A Testament of Devotion”, p 93

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Be Passionate! Set Yourself Apart for God — A Quote by Thomas R. Kelly in “A Testament of Devotion”

“Let me talk very intimately and very earnestly with you about Him who is dearer than life. Do you really want to live your lives, every moment of your lives, in His Presence? Do you long for Him, crave Him? Do you love His Presence? Have you set yourself to be His, and only His, walking every moment in holy obedience? We have too long been prim and restrained. The fires of the love of God, of our love toward God, and of His love toward us, are very hot. ‘Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart and soul and mind and strength.’ Do we really do this? This life, this abiding, enduring peace that never fails, this serene power and unhurried conquest over the world, is meant to be ours.”

— Thomas R. Kelly in “A Testament of Devotion”, pp 95-96

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