Wisdom For The Week: Sept. 25, 2012

I’m going to let the wisdom speak for itself this week.  Also, I think this series needs a better title.  Would love to hear your responses to these pearls of wisdom, and any suggestions you have on a series title.

The Imitation of Christ: Thomas A Kempis

  • “Well may you remember, therefore, the very painful woes of others, that you may bear your own little ones the more easily.”
  • “Be prepared for the fight, then, if you wish to gain the victory.  Without struggle you cannot obtain the crown of patience, and if you refuse to suffer you are refusing the crown.  But if you desire to be crowned, fight bravely and bear up patiently.  Without labor there is no rest, and without fighting, no victory.”

My Utmost for His Highest: Oswald Chambers

  • “The honour of Jesus Christ is at stake in your bodily life.  Are you remaining loyal to the Son of God in the things which beset His life in you?”
  • “To be a disciple means that we deliberately identify ourselves with God’s interest in other people…The expression of Christian character is not good doing, but God-likeness.”

The End of Memory: Miroslav Volf

  • “Victims will often become perpetrators preciseonly on account of their memories.  It is because they remember past victimization that they feel justified in committing present violence….How can we help memory become a bridge between adversaries instead of a deep and dark ravine that separates them?  HOw can former enemies remember together so as to reconcile, and how can they reconcile so as to remember together?”

Confessions: St. Augustine

  • “As if any enemy could be more hurtful to him than his own seething hatred toward his adversary.  Or as if he could more deeply wound somone he is persecuting than he could wound his own soul by his own hatred.”

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