Thursday, October 08, 2020

de Sales: the danger of silence

Thursday, October 8, 2020
    He who conceals his sins does not prosper,
    but whoever confesses and renounces them finds mercy.
    —Proverbs 28:13 (NIV)
    One great remedy against all manner of temptation, great or small, is to open the heart and lay bare its suggestions, likings, and dislikings before some spiritual adviser; for, ... the first condition which the Evil One makes with a soul, when he wants to entrap it, is silence.
    ... François de Sales (1567-1622), Introduction to the Devout Life [1609], London: Rivingtons, 1876, IV.vii, p. 308 (see the book)
    See also Prov. 28:13; Ps. 38:18; Matt. 5:23-24; 10:26; 18:15; John 3:19; Jas. 5:16
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, You will bring all sin to light.
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