Tuesday, April 24, 2018

de Sales: no rest here

Tuesday, April 24, 2018
    Commemoration of Mellitus, First Bishop of London, 624
    For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge; and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness; and to godliness, brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness, love.
    —2 Peter 1:5-7 (NIV)
    In the way of virtue, there is no standing still; anyone who does not daily advance, loses ground. To remain at a standstill is impossible; he that gains not, loses; he that ascends not, descends. If one does not ascend the ladder, one must descend; if one does not conquer, one will be conquered.
    ... François de Sales (1567-1622), Treatise on the Love of God, Newman Press, 1953, p.128 (see the book)
    See also 2 Pet. 1:5-7,10; 3:18; John 6:27; Phil. 2:12; Heb. 11:6
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, grant me persistence in love.
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