Monday, November 03, 2008

Some Autumn 2008 Pensées

While myriad people almost never eat enough, how dare I, one wretch, almost always eat too much? O Lord, save me from gluttony! O Lord, fill me with temperance!

While the naked freeze to death, how dare I, all bundled up, complain of the cold? O Lord, save me from ingratitude! While travelers die in the blistering desert, how dare I, relaxing in a room with the fans on, complain of the heat? O Lord, fill me with gratitude for your countless blessings!

While the multitudes toil and sweat all day without much sleep, how dare I complain of fatigue? O Lord, save me from sloth! O Lord, fill me with diligence!

Seek not to receive praise from men, but to give praise to God.

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