Saturday, October 30, 2004

Praying alone for the world

"The heart, however, is not narrowed but enlarged by intimacy with God, so that it is able to embrace in him the hopes and difficulties of the world, and the great causes of the Church (of which it is fitting that monks should have some knowledge).

"Nevertheless our concern for the welfare of men, if it is true, should express itself, not by the satisfying of our curiosity, but by our remaining closely united to Christ.

"Let each one, therefore, listen to the Spirit within him, and determine what he can admit into his mind without harm to interior conversation with God."
Statutes of the Carthusian Order, Book 1, Chapter 6, number 6