Saturday, November 18, 2006

CQOD: 11/17/06 -- Backhouse and Jansen: the impregnable temple

Christian Quotation of the Day

November 17, 2006
Feast of Hugh, Carthusian Monk, Bishop of Lincoln, 1200
    ... but they who wait for the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint.
    -- Isaiah 40:31 (ESV)

    It is of great importance that you endeavor, at all times, to keep your hearts in peace; that you may keep pure that temple of God. The way to keep it in peace is to enter into it by means of inward silence. When you see yourself more sharply assaulted, retreat into that region of peace; and you will find a fortress that will enable you to triumph over all your enemies, visible and invisible, and over all their snares and temptations. Within your own soul resides divine aid, and sovereign succour. Retreat within it, and all will be quiet, secure, peaceable, and calm. Thus, by means of mental silence, which can only be attained with divine help, you may look for tranquility in tumult: for solitude in company; for light in darkness; for forgetfulness in pressures: for vigor in despondency; for courage in fear; for resistance in temptation; and for quiet in tribulation.
    ... William Backhouse (1779/80-1844) and James Jansen (1784-1821), A Guide to True Peace [1813]

Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, I rest my eyes on You.

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