I keep these posted on my wall at work, and often return to them for encouragement. This morning, they are relevant to me afresh.
“Pessimism of the intellect, optimism of the will.”
The satisfaction that comes from being in tune with our times is certainly not a charism, still less a sign of supernatural life.
Thomas Merton: Contemplation in a World of Action
Art thou in the Darkness? Mind it not, for if thou dost it will fill thee more, but stand still and act not, and wait in patience till Light arises out of Darkness to lead thee. Art thou wounded in conscience? Feed not there, but abide in the Light which leads to Grace and Truth, which teaches to deny, and puts off the weight, and removes the cause, and brings saving health to Light. James Nayler
And from Paul’s letter to the Ephesians:
….we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.