Monday, 28 January 2008

The Plain and Rather Dull-Seeming Odour of Sanctity

The extraordinary and astonishing thing about the pilgrimage of sanctity is exactly its ordinariness. It seems so incongruous that the path that leads to Divine Union may consist of such things as not eating that cookie, not getting a second coffee, exercising for five minutes more, doing the dishes, and deliberately avoiding hilarious but frivolous conversation. We esteem our acts and habits too little, yearning for the mustard seed of faith but neglecting in the same breath the same tiny seeds of virtue that could have produced a great harvest.
This was the great revelation of the desert for those who first had the courage to listen : all the day is bathed in Divinity.

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