Let’s not glorify “busy”

image

So many people glorify and romanticize “busy”. I do not. I value purpose. I believe in resting in reason and moving in passion. If you’re always busy/moving, you will miss important details. I like the mountain. Still, but when it moves, lands shift and earth quakes.

~ Joseph Cook

He wants us to come home…

image

Repentance doesn’t mean feeling bad about yourself, guilty and miserable. It is seeing the truth: admitting the truth about your sinful self, and the truth about God, which is that He already knew this truth about you and loves you anyway. He is like the father of the prodigal son; He only wants us to come home.

~ Frederica Mathewes-Green

The simple recipe for addiction

image

Lust indulged became habit, and habit unresisted became necessity.

~ St. Augustine

And this, dear reader, is how addiction is formed.  This, dear reader, is how pornography creeps into one’s life, finally devastating the mind… torturing the soul.

Until we have met the monsters…

image

Until we have met the monsters in ourselves, we keep trying to slay them in the outer world. And we find that we cannot. For all darkness in the world stems from darkness in the heart. And it is there that we must do our work.

~ Marianne Williamson

Empirically correct bystanders…

image

“Modernism deliberately abstracted Nature and glamorized convenience, and this is why we have ended up seeing the natural world as some sort of gigantic production system seemingly capable of ever-increasing outputs for our benefit. … We have become semi-detached bystanders, empirically correct spectators, rather than what the ancients understood us to be, which is participants in creation.”

– Prince Charles

Deep down, we think we are better than others

image

“Finally, there’s the ever-popular conviction that we’re still better than a lot of other people.  Christians should know better than this; God doesn’t judge one person against another, He doesnt’ grade on the curve.  Yet we find it desperately hard to beleive that we’re really, truly sinners, because we see people so much worse than us every day in the newspaper.  In comparison with them we’re just so gosh-darn nice.”

“The problem with all these cases is that we’re comparing ourselves with others, rather than with the holy God…”

~ Frederica Mathewes-Green
The Illumined Heart, page 39.