Saturday, April 10, 2021

Law: the upside down world

Saturday, April 10, 2021
    Feast of William Law, Priest, Mystic, 1761
    Commemoration of William of Ockham, Franciscan Friar, Philosopher, Teacher, 1347
    Commemoration of Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, Priest, Scientist, Visionary, 1955
    For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil. Some people, eager for money, have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs.
    —1 Timothy 6:10 (NIV)
    How many saints has adversity sent to Heaven? And how many poor sinners has prosperity plunged into everlasting misery? A man seems then to be in the most glorious state, when he has conquered, disgraced, and humbled his enemy; though it may be, that same conquest has saved his adversary and undone himself.
    ... William Law (1686-1761), A Serious Call to a Devout and Holy Life [1728], London: Methuen, 1899, p. 396 (see the book)
    See also 1 Tim. 6:10; Matt. 5:5; 20:16; 21:31; Mark 9:35; Luke 13:28-30; John 12:19-21; Rom. 9:30-33
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, deliver Your people from the love of money.
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