Thursday, June 9, 2016
Feast of Columba, Abbot of Iona, Missionary, 597
Commemoration of Ephrem of Syria, Deacon, Hymnographer, Teacher, 373 Meditation
If anyone teaches a different doctrine [than submission to masters and faithful service] and does not agree with the sound words of our Lord Jesus Christ and the teaching that accords with godliness, he is puffed up with conceit and understands nothing. He has an unhealthy craving for controversy and for quarrels about words, which produce envy, dissension, slander, evil suspicions, and constant friction among people who are depraved in mind and deprived of the truth, imagining that godliness is a means of gain.
—1 Timothy 6:3-5 (ESV) Quotation
It is in vain, O men, that you seek within yourselves the cure for your miseries. All your insight only leads you to the knowledge that it is not in yourselves that you will discover the true and the good. The philosophers promised them to you, and have not been able to keep their promises... Your principal maladies are pride, which cuts you off from God, and sensuality, which binds you to the earth; and they have done nothing but foster at least one of these maladies. If they have given you God for your object, it has only been to pander to your pride; they have made you think that you were like Him and resembled Him by your nature. And those who have grasped the vanity of such a pretension have cast you down into the other abyss by making you believe that your nature was like that of the beasts of the field, and have led you to seek your good in lust, which is the lot of animals.
... Blaise Pascal
(1623-1662), Pensées (Thoughts)
, P.F. Collier & Son, 1910, #430, p. 142 (see the book
See also 1 Tim. 6:3-5; Matt. 21:13; Mark 12:38-40; Rom. 1:21; Col. 2:8 Quiet time reflection
My only hope, Lord, is in You. Dispose of my pride, and grant me confidence in Your grace. CQOD Blog email RSS
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