Thursday, September 15, 2011

the present moment, "all lit up with eternal rays"

He [God] would therefore have them continually concerned either with eternity 
(which means being concerned with Him) 
or with the Present—either meditation on their eternal union with, 
or separation from, Himself, 
or else obeying the present voice of conscience, bearing the present cross, 
receiving the present grace, giving thanks for the present pleasure.

His ideal is a man who, 
having worked all day for the good of posterity (if that is his vocation), 
washes his mind of the whole subject, commits the issue to Heaven, 
and returns at once to the patience or gratitude 
demanded by the moment that is passing over him. 

(Lewis, Screwtape Letters, Letter XV)

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