Quotes On Trusting God 3

“The everlasting God has in His wisdom foreseen from eternity the cross that He now presents to you as a gift from His inmost heart. This cross He now sends you He has considered with His all-knowing eyes, understood with His divine mind, tested with His wise justice, warmed with loving arms and weighed with His own hands to see that it be not one inch too large and not one ounce too heavy for you. He has blessed it with His holy Name, anointed it with His consolation, taken one last glance at you and your courage, and then sent it to you from heaven, a special greeting from God to you, an alms of the all-merciful love of God.”
― St. Francis de Sales

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The Important Noise Called Silence Pt. 2

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“We sit silently and watch the world around us. This has taken a lifetime to learn. It seems only the old are able to sit next to one another and not say anything and still feel content. The young, brash and impatient, must always break the silence. It is a waste, for silence is pure. Silence is holy. It draws people together because only those who are comfortable with each other can sit without speaking. This is the great paradox.” 
― Nicholas Sparks, The Notebook

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A Question A Day From Rory #8

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Today I am answering question #8 out of 9 from  A LIST OF THOUGHT PROVOKERS FROM A GUY CALLED A BLOKE.

You can click the link above to learn more about the asker of the questions, Rory, A guy called a bloke.

This question was actually the one that grabbed my attention and I have been dying to take a crack at it.

What is the difference between innocence and ignorance?

Ok I am going to take this from the standpoint of Christian thought.

First innocence is a condition of the heart while ignorance is a condition of the mind.

Innocence is a type of purity which involves the absence of evil or wickedness. We would say a truly innocent person has no wickedness in them while a reprobate person has no goodness in them. Innocence exists only in the person of God currently and is unknown in our current existence except in our experience with the Divine. It is unknown in humankind as all of us are born with a mixture of both good and evil inside of us. That mixture renders us by definition- not innocent.

Now ignorance is a simply the quality of not knowing something. You can be ignorant of anything. Being ignorant is not necessarily a commentary on your personhood. Although being ignorant puts a person at a disadvantage and sometimes casts the person holding the quality in a bad light.

In Christ’s second coming, Christ will restore innocence and do away with all ignorance.

 

A Question a Day From Rory #7

Well I am almost to the end of answering these 9 very thought provoking questions FROM A GUY CALLED A BLOKE!

These have been such great questions and fun to answer and they have certainly spawned some great conversations across the  blogosphere. So thank you Rory!

Here is question number 7.  When you have finished reading my response take a jaunt over to A GUY CALLED A BLOKE and see what else is there. Click the underlined link above to be teleported there in a jiffy!

What is your greatest fear and has it ever come true?

I suppose at the heart of things I have a lot of fears, mostly of not being enough in various ways for the people around me. Yes this particular fear has been made real on more than one occasion.