The Piercing of the Heart – July 19, 2018

““The piercing of the heart” is a good description of compunction, which I find one of the most valuable and practical concepts which the monastic tradition brings us. The word itself comes from the Latin punctio, to penetrate, to puncture, to wound. We are wounded simultaneously by two things: by God’s love for us and by our failure to respond to that love.”

-Esther De Waal, Lost in Wonder

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Assumptions – July 18, 2018

“One problem that I face in relationship with another person is that I assume certain things about that individual and expect him to live up to my assumptions. The problem is one of projecting my personal expectations upon another, thereby making him responsible for that which is in me.”

-Bill Shiflett, longtime CofS member

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The Image of the Lord – July 17, 2018

“I fell to thinking about the passage in the Institutes where it says the image of the Lord in anyone is much more than reason enough to love him, and that the Lord stands waiting to take our enemies’ sins upon Himself. So it is a rejection of the reality of grace to hold our enemy at fault. …It seems to me people tend to forget that we are to love our enemies, not to satisfy some standard of righteousness, ...

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