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A man of the cloth once told me that those inches between
the head and the heart are the longest journey we can make.
So true! What we may intellectually believe about God
doesn't always easily settle into our hearts and take root.
When we feel ourselves struggling, we can stop, breathe and
let our minds relax. The brain is a very useful learning tool,
but Divine whispers are more quickly understood in the heart.
Spiritual simplicity has depth;
it bears no relation to being a simpleton!
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Every age has its own characteristics.
Right now we are in an age of religious
complexity. The simplicity which is in
Christ is rarely found among us. In its
stead are programs, methods, organizations,
and a world of nervous activities which
occupy time and attention but can never
satisfy the longing of the heart.
If we would find God amid all the religious
externals we must first determine to find
Him, and then proceed in the way of simplicity.
Now as always God discovers Himself to 'babes'
and hides Himself in thick darkness from the
wise and the prudent. We must strip down to
essentials (and they will be found to be
blessedly few). We must put away all effort
to impress, and come with the guileless
candor of childhood. If we do this,
without doubt God will quickly respond.
A. W. Tozier (1897-1963)
American pastor and writer
Let me not wander in vain.
Let me not labor in vain.
Let me not mingle with the prejudiced.
Let me not leave the company of the virtuous.
Let me not fly into anger.
Let me no stray off the path of goodness.
Let me not seek for this day or for the morrow.
Give me such a wealth, O Almighty!
There may have been two poets who wrote using this name,
one in the 10th century and another during the 14th-15th
centuries. Their works comprise sacred poetry from the
Hindu Tami Siddha tradition of southern India.
Take, O Lord, and receive all my liberty,
my memory, my understanding and my will;
all that I have and possess. You have given
them to me; to you, O Lord, I restore them.
All things are yours: Dispose of them according
to your will. Give me your love and your grace;
for this is enough for me.
St. Ignatius of Loyola (1491-1556)
Founder of the order of the Society of Jesus
Even in things of little consequence, God is
easily satisfied by the part souls are to play
in the achievement of their perfection. He
himself is too explicit for us to doubt it.
"Fear God, and keep his comandments; for
this is the whole duty of man" (Ecclesiastes
12:13). Which is to say, that is all men must
do for their part; it is their living faith.
Let them do it, God will do the rest.
Excerpted from "The Sacrament of the Present Moment,"
by Jean-Pierre de Caussade (1675-1751)
The Last Word:
'Tis a gift to be simple,
'Tis a gift to be free.
Utterly Random Bonus Quote:
On the spiritual path, all the dreck and misery
is transformed, maybe not the same day, but
still transformed into spiritual fuel or insight.
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