Thursday, July 22, 2010

The balance of our spiritual life

It is not an easy thing to maintain the balance of our spiritual life. No man can be spiritually healthy who does not meditate and commune; no man, on the other hand, is as he should be unless he is active and diligent in holy service. David sweetly sang, “He maketh me to lie down in green pastures;” there was the contemplative, “he leadeth me beside the still waters;” there was the active and progressive: the difficulty is to maintain the two, and to keep each in its relative proportion to the other. We must not be so active as to neglect communion, nor so contemplative as to become unpractical.

From a sermon entitled "Martha And Mary," delivered April 24, 1870. Image by Jean-Raphaƫl Guillaumin under Creative Commons License.

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