Monday, December 1, 2008
Commemoration of Charles de Foucauld, Hermit, Servant of the Poor, 1916
Whilst you are divided betwixt God and the world, you have neither the pleasures of religion, nor the pleasures of the world; but are always in the uneasiness of a divided state of heart. You have only so much religion as serves to disquiet you; to check your enjoyments; to show you a handwriting on the wall; to interrupt your pleasures; and to appear as a death’s-head at all your feasts; but not religion enough to give you a taste and feeling of its proper pleasures and satisfactions. You dare not wholly neglect religion; but then you take no more than is just sufficient to keep you from being a terror to yourself; and you are as loath to be very good, as you are fearful to be very bad.
... William Law (1686-1761), Christian Perfection , London: W. Baynes, 1807, p. 335-336
(see the book; see also Rev. 3:15; more at Religion)
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