Monday, January 13, 2014

Well Said: Love can be hated when it challenges us

From my quote journal.
God is love. But love can also be hated when it challenges us to transcend ourselves. It is not a romantic "good feeling." Redemption is not "wellness," it is not about basking in self-indulgence; on the contrary it is a liberation from imprisonment in self-absorption. This liberation comes at a price: the anguish of the Cross. The prophecy of light and that of the Cross belong together.
Joseph Ratzinger (Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI),
Jesus of Nazareth: The Infancy Narratives
This is the continual struggle, at least for me. I can't express how much I appreciate Christ putting up with my continual back-sliding into laziness and self-indulgence.

1 comment:

  1. And God's kindness in sending us wise, holy, and loving Pope Benedict. God bless Papa Ratzi.