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Friday, June 16, 2006

The Soul's Desire

The advice of the wise old monks stands: Avoid the things of the world, do not let them divert you from the one important thing: Him for which your soul longs.

6 comments:

Honora said...

Gosh, Charles, I hope this doesn't include cheesecake!

forget me not said...

Of course not Honora, for cheesecake is not a thing of the world ;-) !!

ccheryl said...

So many things to distract us..even things not sinful.
Don't you find that when we do get distracted there is something other than our self deep down inside which draws us back to the centrality of Christ? Those little 'checks' in the spirit during the everyday encounters? The guidance of the HS. Thanks be to God.

Charles said...

I go for the cheesecake, too, but the advice of the old monks haunts me.

forget me not said...

I always wondered about the words of Jesus when he said that his disciples are "in the world but not of the world". It's not so easy to put that into practice because the world tends to permeate our spirits and it's hard to keep it out. The image that comes to mind is when I am in the office (an open space with 4 to 6 people talking (loudly) around me). I have developed an uncanny way of being "present to myself and to the others", while at the same time shutting out all the noise and resting in 'Him for which my soul longs'.

No Longer Available said...

I too agree "forget me not". No one promised us it was going to be easy. It took the disciples a very long time to see the big picture. and when they did, they to struggled with spiritual maturity. The same struggles all Christians have today when we fail to see that a worldly thread has slowly built on our foundations. But, it will burn away, that is a promise. And when we step through the fire we are saved by the Grace of God that through the atoning death of Jesus Christ. No one!, I repeat, no one! on this earth will ever reach Spiritual Maturity for we know not when we sin. But we can continue to grow and will, as long as we recognize,like you have, and keep the Love-Hope-Faith.
BMc