"For properly speaking simplicity is a will that is wholly turned toward God, seeking one thing from the Lord with all earnestness, without any desire to disperse its energies in the world. Or again simplicity is true humility in conversion, more concerned with the inner reality of virtue than with a reputation for it. The simple man does not mind seeming to be foolish in the eyes of the world that he may be wise in the sight of God."William of St. Thiery - The Golden Epistle #49.
“One thing have I asked of the LORD, that will I seek after; that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the LORD, and to inquire in his temple.”Psalm 27:4 (RSV)
I post these quotes because, having read them a few days ago, I can’t seem to get away from them. How difficult it is to keep focused on one thing, it seems our culture today is directed only toward creating distractions. All we see, anywhere we turn, the energy is directed to forcing us, beyond our will, to “disperse our energies in the world.”
So, as Advent begins, I offer these words of ancient wisdom as an aid in remaining focused on this season of hope.