Friday, September 22, 2023

Fenelon: do we fear happiness?

Friday, September 22, 2023
    In God, whose word I praise,
in God I trust; I will not be afraid.
    What can mortal man do to me?
    —Psalm 56:4 (NIV)
    What then are we afraid of? Can we have too much of God? ... Is it a misfortune to be freed from the heavy yoke of the world, and to bear the light burden of Jesus Christ? Do we fear to be too happy, too much delivered from ourselves, from the caprices of our pride, the violence of our passions, and the tyranny of a deceitful world?
    ... François Fénelon (1651-1715), Pious Reflections for Every Day in the Month, London: H. D. Symonds, 1800, p. 78-79 (see the book)
    See also Ps. 56:4; 27:1-3; 118:6; Matt. 11:28-30; Luke 12:4; Rom. 8:15,31; Gal. 5:1; Heb. 13:6; 1 John 4:4,18
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, my heart cries out for more of You.
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