Monday, March 13, 2006

Monday's Meditation

"The devil has got hold of many whom we count good. For he possesses those who are merciful, chaste, and humble - self-confessed sinners to a man, of course, hair-shirted and penance-laden! Very often indeed are mortal wounds obscured by the odor of sanctity.

"The devil may have the busy worker, or even the compelling preacher, but not, surely the person whose heart is aglow with charity, ever eager to love God and indifferent to vanity."

- Richard Rolle, The Fire of Love

"I offer, therefore, this book for the attention, not of philosophers and sages of this world, not of the great theologians bogged down in their interminable questionings, but of the simple and unlearned who are seeking rather to love God than to amass knowledge. For he is not known by argument but by what we do and how we love."

- Richard Rolle, The Fire of Love

My wife and I have been going through a called Devotional Classics since mid August. It's a compilation of various Christians throughout Church history. The above quotes came from this week's reading and captured my thoughts. If you're looking for a devotional book for yourself or for a group of people, I highly recommend this one.