Romans 11:33-36

Oh, the depth of the riches and wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are his judgments and how inscrutable his ways! “For who has known the mind of the Lord, or who has been his counselor? Or who has given a gift to him that he might be repaid?” For from him and through him and to him are all things. To him be glory forever. Amen.

Friday, October 9, 2009

Coming Storms

Proverbs 2:8

Those who navigate a ship must watch all the more carefully the farther they move from shore. Then they can see signs of coming storms. When small storms come, the ship can ride over them in a straight path. If storms swell up violently, navi¬gators must avoid them by steering sideways. They often watch alone when everyone else not in charge of the ship is resting.

But if the power of the Holy Spirit breathes on an afflicted mind, what was done physically for the Israelites takes place spiritually in us. For it is written, "But the children of Israel walked upon dry land in the midst of the sea." And the prophet of the Lord promises, "When thou passest through the waters, I will be with thee, and the rivers shall not overflow thee."

The rivers flood on those whose minds are shaken up by the world's activity. But those whose minds are persistent by the Holy Spirit's grace pass through the water and aren't flooded by rivers. This is because such people move along in the midst of crowds but don't sink the head of their minds beneath the activity of the world.
—Gregory I

Readings taken from Day by Day with the Early Church Fathers


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