Thursday, November 28, 2013

avoiding what it craved

"The soul that dies by craving lives by avoiding what it craved. [Restrain] yourselves from the monstrous savagery of pride, from the luxurious inertia of self-indulgence, and from sham pretension to knowledge..."

[Augustine, Confessions, Book XIII, Section 21, 26. "Day Six: Animals, the "living soul"]

Thursday, November 21, 2013

like bitter sweets we suck on endlessly

"Most of us have half-a-dozen or so favorite anxieties, like bitter sweets we suck on endlessly. We would be frightened to be deprived of them. Jesus challenges us to go beyond the fear of letting go of anxiety, the fear we have of peace itself." 
[Laurence Freeman]

Saturday, November 16, 2013

contagious Christ-focus

"Your goal is always to make your Christ-focus contagious – to just one person."

[Ann Voskamp, from "The Real Truth about Boring Men -- and the Women Who Live with Them: Redefining Boring"]


Wednesday, November 13, 2013

through what he suffered

"Although [Jesus] was a son, he learned obedience through what he suffered." 
Hebrews 5:8

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

the dark chaos of our inner being

"In the morning I will stand and see my God, who sheds the light of salvation on my face, who will breathe life even into our mortal bodies through the Spirit who dwells in us and has been mercifully hovering over the dark chaos of our inner being."  
[Augustine, Confessions, Book XIII]