Monday, December 12, 2005

CQOD: 12/13/05 -- Eliot: the Church's unpleasant truths

CQOD: 12/13/05 -- Eliot: the Church's unpleasant truths

Christian Quotation of the Day

December 13, 2005
Feast of Lucy, Martyr at Syracuse, 304Commemoration of Samuel Johnson, Writer, Moralist, 1784
    But he looked directly at them and said, "What then is this that is written:
        'The stone that the builders rejected
        has become the cornerstone'?
Everyone who falls on that stone will be broken to pieces, and when it falls on anyone, it will crush him."
    -- Luke 20:17-18 (ESV)

    Why should men love the Church? Why should they love her laws? She tells them of Life and Death, and of all they would forget. She is tender where they would be hard, and hard where they like to be soft. She tells them of Evil and Sin, and other unpleasant facts. They constantly try to escape From the darkness outside and within By dreaming of systems so perfect that no one will need to be good.
    ... T. S. Eliot (1888-1965), Chorus VI from The Rock [1934]

Quiet time reflection:
    We are broken, Lord, on the stone of Your truth.

See Believer's Desktop Companion 2004

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