Sunday, November 27, 2022

With Tears And Struggle

 "Amma Syncletica said 'Great endeavors and hard struggles await those who are converted, but afterwards inexpressible joy.  If you want to light a fire, you are troubled at first by smoke, and your eyes water.  But in the end you achieve your aim.  Now it is written "Our God is a consuming fire".  So we must light the divine fire in us with tears and struggle.'"

- Sayings of The Desert Fathers, as quoted in The Roots Of Christian Mysticism (Olivier Clement)


  1. Indeed. Nothing worthwhile ever happens without struggle.

    1. And yet in our modern world John, I wonder how much people are trained to actually realize that. In a "push button/click on the screen and get it" world, such things might seem like the true kiss of death.


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