The Divine Name confers its own initiation since, without self-conscious striving for virtue on our part, it allows us to draw wisdom and compassion from Amida’s limitless store. But men, especially in this twentieth century, are so driven by the lust for power, so infatuated with violence, that they no longer have any use for this supreme gift of peace and joy. Religion in any form is now the good news that no one wants to hear.
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