Monday, December 15, 2008

Of Inordinate Affections

"When a man desires anything inordinately, he is at once unquiet in himself. A man not mortified to himself is easily tempted and overcome by little and small temptations. And he who is weak in spirit and is somewhat carnal and inclined to worldly things can with difficulty withdraw himself from worldly desires; when he does withdraw himself from them, he often has great grief and heaviness of heart and rebels if any man resists him. And if he obtains what he desires, he is disquieted by remorse of conscience, for he has followed hi passion which has not helped at all in winning the peace he desired.

There is, therefore, no peace in the heart of a carnal man or in the heart of a man who gives himself all to outward things. But in the heart of spiritual men and women who have their delight in God great peace and inward quiet are found."

--Thomas a Kempis

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