“Wartime it is”

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Do not ask me for things to make life pleasant and comfortable for you; ask for what is acceptable to me, for whatever brings me honour. If you look on things in the way you should, you ought to prefer my way of ordering things, and keep to it, rather than ask for the fulfillment of your own desires or for the keeping of something you have desired before. I know what your desires are; I have heard what you so often sigh for. You would like to be at this moment amid the freedom and the glory of the children of God, enjoying your eternal home and the abounding happiness of the heavenly country; but the time for that has not yet come. You are still, for the moment, in another kind of time—wartime it is, a time of toil and trial. You long to be filled with the supreme good, but that bliss is not be arrived at now. I am speaking of myself; wait for me, the Lord says, until the coming of the kingdom of God.

       —Thomas à Kempis, Imitatio Christi, Bk. III, 49.3

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~ by Alypius on September 19, 2007.

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