Archive for the ‘peace with God’ Category

But peace I did not find

September 14, 2009

Through the long years, I sought peace,

 I found ecstasy, I found anguish,

I found madness, I found loneliness.

I found the solitary pain, that gnaws the heart,

But peace I did not find.

Bertrand Russell, ‘To Edith’ in his Autobiography, in Ray Monk, vol.1, p.xix

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God is the soul’s sole good

August 24, 2009

The Christians’ God is a God who makes the soul aware that he is its sole good; that in him alone can it find peace. Only in loving him can it find joy; and who at the same time fills it with loathing for the obstacles which hold it back and prevent it from loving God with all its might. Self-love and concupiscence, which hold it back are intolerable. This God makes the soul aware of this underlying self-love which is destroying it, and which he alone can cure.

Blaise Pascal (1623-1662), Pensées