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Quote of the Day

When at eighteen, I made up my mind to go into moral and religious training, the great soul and mind who took me in hand – a noble Dominican – warned me – ‘You want to grow in virtue, to serve God, to love Christ? Well, you will grow in and attain these things if you will make them a slow and sure, an utterly real, mountain step-plod and ascent, willing to have to camp for weeks or months in spiritual desolation, darkness and emptiness at different stages in your march and growth. All demand for constant light…. all attempt at eliminating or minimizing the cross and trial, is so much soft folly and puerile trifling’.

Friedrich von Hugel, quoted by Eugene Peterson  in his book Practise Resurrection

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3 comments on “Quote of the Day

  1. Geoff C
    June 16, 2011 at 3:53 pm #

    Why do I find that a bit depressing?
    I think it must be the language and style –
    it’s a good and honest quote – but I reckon you could re-write it in a modern and more posative sounding style.

  2. Will Cookson
    June 16, 2011 at 4:07 pm #

    Geoff, it was written about 100 years ago and reflects the language of the time. I understand what you mean about the depressing side but I think its useful for us today as we can find it so easy to want instant solutions and answers. This quote points us to the hard work of character formation. I’m sure that we could dress it up but it might be a short cut that really isn’t if you see what I mean!

  3. Esther Somerson
    June 17, 2011 at 6:37 pm #

    I am a rock, I am an island….
    …and a rock feels no pain
    …and an island…. never cries

    Paul Simon 1972

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