How conducive it is for the keeping of heavenly grace to fly the gaze of men, not to seek abroad things which seem to cause admiration, but to follow with utmost diligence those which give fervor and amendment of life! How many have been harmed by having their virtue known and praised too hastily! And how truly profitable it has been when grace remained hidden during this frail life, which is all temptation and warfare!
Wednesday, June 23, 2010
My Journey Continued
Whenever something troubles me, or my conscience, I can usually find the advice and spiritual guidance I need in " The Imitation of Christ". If you don't have a copy of this pocket sized book, I highly recommend it. This passage hit home; I had been thinking about how easily swayed I am with the opinions and actions of people.
Oh, how good and how peaceful it is to be silent about others, not to believe without discrimination all that is said, not easily to report it further, to reveal oneself to few, always to seek You as the discerner of hearts, and not to be blown away by every wind of words, but to wish that all things, within and beyond us, be done according to the pleasure of Thy will.