We Are Pleased By So Little

We are satisfied by our decent little life.  We are pleased with our good habits; we take them for virtues.  We are pleased with our little efforts; we take them for progress.  We are proud of our activities; they make us think we are giving ourselves.  We are impressed by our influence; we imagine that it will transform lives.  We are proud of what we give, though it hides what we withhold.  We may even be mistaking a set of coinciding egoisms for real friendship.

– Michael Quoist

as quoted by Brennan Manning, The Importance of Being Foolish: How to Think Like Jesus, HarperOne, copyright 2005, page 20

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If You Are Subject to Your Body…

If your body makes all the decisions and gives all the orders, and if you obey. the physical can effectively destroy every other dimension of your personality.  Your emotional life will be blunted and your spiritual life will be stifled and ultimately will become anemic.

– Michael Quoist

as quoted by Jerry Bridges, The Pursuit of Holiness, Navpress, copyright 1978, page 111