Friday, June 3

Quotes and thinking

"If you were besotted with the things of this world, you would want to surpass all others in the luxury of your house, in the magnificence of your garments and jewelry, in the abundance of food on your table, in the splendour of the carriage which took you from one place to another. You would never be satisfied with what you already possessed, but would always want more. And you would constantly be comparing yourself with others, looking with envy at those even richer than you. Your wealth would be like a spiritual prison; and your limitless desires would be the chains that bound you. Thus in giving up all these things, you have smashed the chains and broken free. You have little; yet you are satisfied with what you have."  - Pelagius, letter to Demetrius

Knowing others is wisdom;
Knowing the self is enlightenment.
Mastering others requires force;
Mastering the self needs strength.
He who knows he has enough is rich.
Perseverance is a sign of willpower.
He who stays where he is endures.
To die but not to perish is to be
eternally present.

 - Lao Tse, Tao Te Ching, 33 

"Amen, amen, I say to you, whatever you ask the Father in my name he will give you.” - John 16:26

We, as people of modern, western culture, are inundated and inculcated with a materialistic and immediate culture which demands that we can never have enough.  But what is it that we truly need and are those things actually things at all? 

Trust in the Lord and know that She will provide.  Don't worry so much.  He's got us all covered.

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