I totally agree with you on that one Barb. IOC is a worthy book in its own way but to me it was far too focused on the negative. There are some beautiful chapters in it that I still refer to on occasion but overall I find it demoralizing. That being said, I recognize that there are others, who follow a different spiritual path, who will find a way to holiness in it, and for that I am thankful. God has lots of lures in His tackle box and will speak to each as they need to hear, if they are willing to listen.
Great insight, John, and you are completely correct that we are all called differently and that what appeals to me may not appeal to another, what works for me may not to another…I often totally forget this! Creation - all of it - is truly a dance of endless colour and diversity forming a unity that is nature.
Unity in Diversity and Diversity in Unity…I often forget that too.
Absolutely Barb, and that is one I quoted myself again just recently. It may be the prayer that gives me the greatest comfort of all, knowing that as long as I truly desire to follow Him He will do the hard work and bring me along. The whole “Footprints” idea that in our hardest times it is He who is carrying us.
For me personally (I thought I better put that in in view of my previous statement:D ) St. Therese of Lisieux was the absolute master of the Spirituality of Ardent Desires…in fact, she has been called “The Saint of Ardent Desires” and then there is that beautiful statement (the author I do not recall). “To be a saint, will it”. That “footprints” poster has done so much good in this world I think…given a lot of people who struggle hope and encouragement.
I fear there are far too many who are still trying to live by the Law and then “hiding” from God in their shame at being unable to do so. The very opposite of what He calls us to for it is us sinners that He most longs to dine with.
All The Law can do is point to us that we are sinners and cannot keep it. The Law identifies for us our poverty and status for we cannot keep it perfectly - rather Jesus who can and is The Perfect One justifies us under The Law through our unity to Him in Grace. He is our justification under The Law. Does this excuse us from The Law - no it does not…but as servants of God’s Law we are always and everywhere and in all things found wanting and lacking. One person in keeping this Law, is infringing another Law. This is why taking a quote out of the context of The Whole of Scripture seems to contradict another Scripture quote. Under The Law we are forever remiss and offending.
The very opposite of what He calls us to for it is us sinners that He most longs to dine with.
Really beautiful and spot on in insight!
Good to catch up with you again, Barnabas (Son of Consolation)…I learnt this definition from Joysong! We should call you Brother Barnabas!!! …cacha on the rounds, John…Barb:)