Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Stillness


"There is this place of undisturbed quietness
where love is not deserted;

see how things pass away and give place to others;
fix your dwelling firmly there.

Put your trust, my soul, in whatever it is
you have received from Him.

Entrust to him whatever comes to you;
for you shall lose nothing.

Those parts of you that may have decayed,
they too will receive a new flowering,
and you shall find yourself healed.

All that you have seen ebbing away from you,
these shall be restored, given fresh form,
and renewed, bound ever more tightly to yourself.

Remain in the presence of God who alone stands fast and abides".

Augustine of Hippo, The Confessions, IV.

"The Kingdom of Heaven is a condition of the heart." (Friedrich Nietzsche)