Epistles of Thomas

January 25, 2010

Quotes of the day

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Today’s first quote is more for its humour value than spiritual depth, but the second two demonstrate the great difference between today’s spiritual “giants” and the life of Brother Lawrence.

Brother Lawrence, The Practice of the Presence of God with Spiritual Maxims. Baker Book House, 1967. 0800785991.

“I must tell you that it is with great difficulty that I am prevailed on by your importunities; and now I do it only upon the terms that you show my letter to nobody. If I knew that you would let it be seen, all the desire that I have for your advancement would not be able to determine me to it” First Letter, 31. Obviously he must have shown the letter to more than a few people…

On relationship to authority:

“One day I remember telling him without any forewarning that a matter of great consequence to him, and one, on which he had set his heart and long labored for, could not be carried out, as the superiors had just made up their minds against it. Quite simply he replied, “We must believe they have good reason for their decision, and our duty now is to obey, and say no more about it.” He did so indeed himself, and though he had many occasion to speak of it afterwards, he not so much as opened his mouth thereon” (94-95).

On our desire for suffering:

“His one desire was that he might suffer something for the love of God, for all his sins, and finding in his last illness a favourable occasion for suffering in this life, he embraced it heartily. Purposely he bade the brethren to turn him on to his right side; he knew that this position gave him great pain, and therefore wished to remain therein to satisfy his burning desire to suffer” (98-99).

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