Friday, August 26, 2005

CQOD: 08/27/05 -- Steinmann: the civilized desert

Christian Quotation of the Day

August 27, 2005
Feast of Monica, Mother of Augustine of Hippo, 387
    Paul then stood up in the meeting of the Areopagus and said: "Men of Athens! I see that in every way you are very religious. For as I walked around and looked carefully at your objects of worship, I even found an altar with this inscription: TO AN UNKNOWN GOD. Now what you worship as something unknown I am going to proclaim to you.
    -- Acts 17:22-23 (NIV)

    Nothing could better illustrate this authentic spirit of Christian monasticism, stemming from Johannite monasticism, than one of its most recent examples, Father de Foucauld. If he went out to the Ahaggar plateau, it was not only to find but also to proclaim God, thereby teaching the gospel in a way which desert people could understand. After his death, the example set by this hermit was followed by others who, far from settling in the desert places of the Sahara, set out to mingle with the peopled deserts of the great cities, there to preach the gospel by their example and their very presence.
    ... Jean Steinmann (1911-1963), Saint John the Baptist [1958]

Quiet time reflection:
    Are there people around me who need to be shown who God is?

See Believer's Desktop Companion 2004

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