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Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Lent, Day 7: Real Love

"The way of Christian holiness is, in any case, hard and austere.  We must fast and pray.  We must embrace hardship and sacrifice, for the love of Christ, and in order to imporve the condition of man on earth. ...It is not enough to make pious gestures.  Our love of God and of man cannot be merely symbolic, it has to be completely real.  It is not just a mental operation, but the gift and commitment of our inmost self."
- Thomas Merton, Love and Holiness

This is all that there is to say today.


  1. Heart wrenching.

    Thanks so much for sharing.

  2. "It is not enough to make pious gestures." Going through a Nancy Leigh DeMoss Bible study with some of the ladies at church and this week's lesson was on holiness. The verse that really stuck out to me was Hebrews 12:14 "Make every effort to live in peace with everyone and to be holy; without hoilness no one will see the Lord."