Sunday, June 23, 2013


Spiritual Progress

Do not entertain the notion that you ought to advance in your prayer. If you do, you will only find you have put on the brake instead of the acceleration. All real progress in spiritual things comes gently, imperceptibly, and is the work of God. Our crude efforts spoil it. Know yourself for the childish, limited and dependent soul you are. Remember that the only growth which matters happens without our knowledge and that trying to stretch ourselves is both dangerous and silly. Think of the Infinite Goodness, never of your own state.

1 comment:

Kevin said...

This great quote strikes against our progress-centric culture. Current discipleship is painted with the brush of effort and we are called to do more. Another prayer, more events, just a little more time spent.

This quote moves us beyond our assumed project into a different kind of transformation. This is good news to a exhausted people.