In the bible, freedom is the disciplining of desire so as to make the achievement of the Good first possible and then effortless.
I discovered a great scandal today. I found out that I who have so often burned with passion to make disciples of others am merely a tepid lover of Christ myself. I realised that although I have been touched by God’s love and have decided irrevocably to follow Him come what may, my heart is still more attracted to the empty idols my false self craves than to Jesus Christ crucified. I am the worst kind of Christian – one who accepts […]
It is a wonderful thing to fail; to come face to face with my impotence and my inability to excel in the spiritual life. It is a wonderful thing to desire God and then to find that perhaps I still do not love God with all my heart, and that I am powerless to make myself do so. It is a wonderful, wonderful thing to fall short and recognise I am who I am; to give myself permission to be imperfect, in […]
Stand firm, immovable in your resolve, doing your full share continually in the task the Lord has given you, since you know that in the Lord’s service you cannot labour in vain.
Why are you surprised when you meet resistance on the way to heaven? How else will you be trained so that you can have the endurance and strength to make the journey and bring others with you? If your heart is truly set on heaven, then welcome the trials that come your way for all things work unto good for those whose hearts are given to Christ. The more committed you are to Christ, the less you will complain or brood when […]
Solemnity of All Saints, 1 November 2013 How often have I proclaimed the Gospel to others with words, telling them that the Kingdom of God is like a pearl of great price which is worth selling everything for? Yet this proclamation of mine has no power to convert souls unless my life resonates with my words. I profess that I have encountered the crucified and risen Christ. I profess that I have encountered Him, that I love Him, and that I have […]
The works of God have their moment; His Providence brings them about at that time and neither sooner nor later. The Son of God saw the loss of souls; yet, He did not advance the hour ordained for His coming. Let us wait patiently but let us act, and, so to speak, let us make haste slowly.
It is God’s work, not mine. HE is the master builder. I cannot rush God’s work. I am simply called at every instant to love. Love the person in front of me, whoever it is. Whether it is a superior, a stranger, a friend, an enemy, or someone I am leading or working with. This person could even be myself. The most I can do to advance God’s Kingdom is always, always, to love. Love means accepting the person where he is at. It […]
Darkness cannot abide the Light. Those in darkness yearn for the light, but insofar as they have been touched by darkness they hate the light. And so it is that they both fear and yearn the light of Christ, attracted and repelled by the one thing that will save them. For this reason Christ both attracts and repels for men loathe what they fear, even when what they fear is nothing that would wound them except in love. Christ is light and […]
My being Is still not at peace My mind Is still not quiet My heart Is still full of anxiety But He Is still God From a journal entry dated 3 June 2013