Monday, July 11, 2016

Law: the will to goodness

Monday, July 11, 2016
    Feast of Benedict of Nursia, Father of Western Monasticism, c.550
    And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.
    —Romans 8:28 (KJV)
    No creature can be a child of God but because the goodness of God is in it; nor can it have any union or communion with the goodness of the Deity till its life is the Spirit of Love. This is the one only band of union betwixt God and the creature... Here the necessity is absolute; nothing will do instead of this will; all contrivances of holiness, all forms of religious piety, signify nothing, without this will to all goodness. For as the will to all goodness is the whole nature of God, so it must be the whole nature of every service or religion that can be acceptable to him.
    ... William Law (1686-1761), The Spirit of Love [1752-4], in Works of Rev. William Law, v. VIII, London: G. Moreton, 1893, p. 5 (see the book)
    See also Rom. 8:28; Gen. 50:20; Ps. 46:1-2; 2 Cor. 4:15-17; 5:1; 1 Pet. 1:7-8
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, we are held in Your goodness.
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