Wednesday, October 10, 2012

van Ruysbroeck: setting aside self-will

Wednesday, October 10, 2012
    Feast of Paulinus, Bishop of York, Missionary, 644
    Then Jesus said to his disciples, “If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for me will find it.”
    —Matthew 16:24-25 (NIV)
    From the renunciation of self-will springs patience; for none can be perfectly patient in all things save the man who has subjected his own will to the will of God, and also in all profitable and seemly things, to the will of all other men.
    ... Jan van Ruysbroeck (1293-1381), Adornment of the Spiritual Marriage [1350], I.xv (see the book)
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, align me with Your will.
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