Sunday, November 26, 2006

CQOD: 11/30/06 -- de Sales: the sweetness of devotion

Christian Quotation of the Day

November 30, 2006
Feast of Andrew the Apostle
    For none of us lives to himself, and none of us dies to himself. If we live, we live to the Lord, and if we die, we die to the Lord. So then, whether we live or whether we die, we are the Lord's.
    -- Romans 14:7-8 (ESV)

    Devotion is the real spiritual sweetness which takes away all bitterness from mortifications, and prevents consolations from disagreeing with the soul; it cures the poor of sadness, and the rich of presumption; it keeps the oppressed from feeling desolate, and the prosperous from insolence; it averts sadness from the lonely, and dissipation from social life; it is as warmth in winter and as refreshing dew in summer; it knows how to abound and how to suffer want, how to profit alike by honor and by contempt; it accepts gladness and sadness with an even mind, and fills men’s hearts with a wondrous sweetness.
    ... François de Sales (1567-1622)

Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, lead me to know the shallowness of my devotion, that I may receive You more truly.

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