Monday, March 04, 2024

de Sales: dryness

Monday, March 4, 2024
    Commemoration of Felix, Bishop, Apostle to the East Angles, 647
    Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.
    —Philippians 3:13b-14 (NIV)
    Amid all our dryness let us never grow discouraged, but go steadily on, patiently waiting the return of better things; let us never be misled to give up any devout practices because of it, but rather, if possible, let us increase our good works, and if we cannot offer liquid preserves to our Bridegroom, let us at least offer Him dried fruit—it is all one to Him, so long as the heart we offer be fully resolved to love Him.
    ... François de Sales (1567-1622), Introduction to the Devout Life [1609], London: Rivingtons, 1876, IV.xiv, p. 338 (see the book)
    See also Phil. 3:13-14; Ps. 31:22; 77:7-9; Isa. 35:3-4; Matt. 10:22; Luke 18:1-8; Rom. 2:7; 8:24-25; 1 Cor. 9:24-25; 1 Thess. 5:14; Heb. 10:36; 12:1-3,11-13; Jas. 1:2-3; 5:10-11
Quiet time reflection:
    Are there areas where I have not persevered?
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