Tuesday, September 27, 2005

CQOD: 09/27/05 -- Eckhart: bearing failings with patience

Christian Quotation of the Day

September 27, 2005
Feast of Vincent de Paul, Founder of the Congregation of the Mission (Lazarists), 1660
    In this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials. These have come so that your faith—of greater worth than gold, which perishes even though refined by fire—may be proved genuine and may result in praise, glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed.
    -- 1 Peter 1:6-7 (NIV)

    If you have failings, ask God often whether it be His honor and pleasure to take them away from you; for without Him you can do nothing. If he takes them away, thank Him; but if He does not do that, you will bear it no more, however, as the defect of a sin, but as a great trial with which you are to gain merit and practice patience. You should be content, whether or not He accords you His gift.
    ... Meister Eckhart (1260?-1327?), Spiritual Instructions

Quiet time reflection:
    Is sin defeating me? Lord, help me to see the effects of your forgiveness in overcoming sin and failure.

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