Saturday, February 06, 2016

A garden...

Short extracts from an article by Matt Emerson

A garden- not two forks in a road:
"Adam and Eve were given a paradise, not a fork in the road. To seek God’s will is to recognize the abundance that lies before us. ... In Lonsdale’s words, “There is no blueprint in God’s mind with which we have to comply.”"

"I recommend connecting vocation to the fruits of the Holy Spirit. The Catechism of the Catholic Church lists 12: charity, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, generosity, gentleness, faithfulness, modesty, self-control and chastity. ... Where qualities like joy and kindness and peace reside, God is likely at work."

"learn to be comfortable with mystery, with periods of not knowing."

"The testimony of the saints and of Scripture tells us that God comes to us in ways and at times that catch us off guard. ... Pray to be ready for the surprise."

"To borrow from the poet William Cowper, “God is His own interpreter, / And He will make it plain.”"

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