Monday, November 24, 2014

The Narrow Way

Strive to enter by the narrow gate;
for many, I say to you, shall seek to enter,
and shall not be able. 
~Luke 13:24

Strive always to prefer, not that which is easiest, but that which is most difficult;
Not that which is most delectable, but that which is most unpleasing;
Not that which gives most pleasure, but rather that which gives least;
Not that which is restful, but that which is wearisome;
Not that which is consolation, but rather that which is disconsolateness;
Not that which is greatest, but that which is least;
Not that which is loftiest and most precious, but that which is lowest and most despised;
Not that which is a desire for anything, but that which is a desire for nothing;
Strive to go about seeking not the best of temporal things, but the worst.
Strive thus to desire to enter into complete detachment and emptiness and poverty, 
with respect to everything that is in the world, for Christ's sake. 

~St. John of the Cross, Ascent to Mount Carmel (Book 1, Chapter 13, #6)

Lead me along the narrow way, dear Lord, for only then will I find You.  Amen.

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