CQOD: 04/28/06 -- Hammarskjöld: light shows our darkness
Christian Quotation of the DayApril 28, 2006
Commemoration of Peter Chanel, Religious, Missionary in the South Pacific, Martyr, 1841
And the LORD said unto Cain, Where is Abel thy brother? And he said, I know not: Am I my brother's keeper?
-- Genesis 4:9 (KJV)
We can reach the point where it becomes possible for us to recognize and understand Original Sin, that dark counter-center of evil in our nature—that is to say, though it is not our nature, it is of it—that something within us which rejoices when disaster befalls the very cause we are trying to serve, or misfortune overtakes even those we love. Life in God is not an escape from this, but a way to gain full insight concerning it. It is not our depravity which forces a fictitious religious explanation upon us, but the experience of religious reality which forces the “Night Side” out into the light. It is when we stand in the righteous all-seeing light of love that we can dare to look at, admit, and consciously suffer under this something in us which wills disaster, misfortune, defeat to everything outside the sphere of our narrowest self interest.
... Dag Hammarskjöld (1905-1961), Markings 
Quiet time reflection:
Too easily, Lord, I excuse my own sin.
See Believer's Desktop Companion 2004
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