"In the end that Face which is the delight or the terror of the universe must be turned upon each of us either with one expression or with the other, either conferring glory inexpressible or inflicting shame that can never be cured or disguised. I read in a periodical the other day that the fundamental thing is how we think of God. By God Himself, it is not! How God thinks of us is not only more important, but infinitely more important. Indeed, how we think of Him is of no importance except insofar as it is related to how He thinks of us. It is written that we shall 'stand before' Him, shall appear, shall be inspected. The promise of glory is the promise, almost incredible and only possible by the work of Christ, that some of us, that any of us who really chooses, shall actually survive that examination, shall find approval, shall please
God. To please God...to be a real ingredient in the Divine happiness...to be loved by God, not merely pitied, but delighted as an artist delights in his work or a father in a son-it seems impossible, a weighty or burden of glory which our thoughts can hardly sustain. But so it is."
"It is a serious thing to live in a society of possible gods and goddesses, to remember the dullest and most uninteresting person you can talk to may one day be a creature, which if you saw him now, you would be strongly tempted to worship, or else a horror and a corruption such as you now meet, if at all, only in a nightmare. All day long, we are, in some degree, helping each other to one of these destinations...There are no ordinary people. You have never talked to a mere mortal. Nations, cultures, civilizations- these are mortal, and their life is to ours as the life of a gnat. But it is immortals whom we joke with, work with, marry, snub and exploit- immortal horrors or everlasting splendors... Next to the Eucharist itself, your neighbor is the holiest object presented to your senses. If he is your Christian neighbor, she is holy in almost the same way, for in her, Christ- the glorifier and the glorified, Glory Himself- is truly hidden."