Wednesday, December 14, 2011

John of the Cross: blocking the road to perfection

Wednesday, December 14, 2011
    Feast of John of the Cross, Mystic, Poet, Teacher, 1591
    Do not offer the parts of your body to sin, as instruments of wickedness, but rather offer yourselves to God, as those who have been brought from death to life; and offer the parts of your body to him as instruments of righteousness.
    —Romans 6:13 (NIV)
    However high be your endeavours, unless you renounce and subjugate your own will—unless you forget yourself and all that pertains to yourself—not one step will you advance on the road to perfection.
    ... St. John of the Cross (1542-1591), quoted in The Light of Christ, Evelyn Underhill, New York: Longmans, Green, 1949, p. 100 (see the book)
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, use me to carry out Your will.
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