Sunday, October 05, 2008

Election Countdown/40 Days for Life: Day 12

My evening spiritual reading is Pope Benedict's Jesus of Nazareth, which I'm finding to be both beautiful and deep. I take it in small bits at a time, to better absorb its richness. Last night, this quote caught my eye:

"Constructing a world by our own lights, without reference to God, building on our own foundation; refusing to acknowledge the reality of anything beyond the political and material, while setting God aside as an illusion— that is the temptation that treatens us in many varied forms. "

Indeed, "constructing a world by our own lights", "building on our own foundation", "refusing to acknowledge the reality beyond the political and material", and the "setting aside" of the King of the Universe seem to be all too prevelant themes within government and politics. Let us pray and sacrifice for the intention of true leaders who will...

...contruct a world by the Divine Light, unashamed to reference God, not upon unstable human foundations, but the only One that is secure,
...acknowledge and respect the vivid reality beyond the political and material,
...set Truth — the person of Christ — in the center.

Today's Life Devotional is themed on humility...and healing. I would say the above quote is indication that we desperately need both!


Cecilia Rose said...

I checked out "Jesus of Nazareth" from the public library and kept meaning to read it but never did. I should get it out again and actually read it this time! :)

I saw Fireproof this evening, and all I can say, so amazingly wonderful!! We'll have to chat soon!


Mamselle Clare Duroc said...

I did much the same as Cecilia Rose... checked the book out of the library, got about three chapters in, and then life swept me away and the library demanded the book back.

However! I've got it waiting at the library for me now, and I'll stop by later this afternoon to pick it up. Pope Benedict is an extraordinarily profound writer, isn't he?