Wednesday, December 24, 2008

advent

"Those who think they have arrived, have lost their way. Those who think they have reached their goal, have missed it. Those who think they are saints, are demons. An important part of the spiritual life is to keep longing, waiting, hoping, expecting. In the long run, some voluntary penance becomes necessary to help us remember that we are not yet fulfilled. A good criticism, a frustrating day, an empty stomach, or tired eyes might help to reawaken our expectation and deepen our prayer: Come, Lord Jesus, come."
--Henri Nouwen, The Genesee Diary

4 comments:

D L said...

Thanks Jamie for the wonderful quotes & stories. They are treasured gifts at any time of the year!

Sarah said...

Beautiful...

also, Merry Christmas everyone!

Jimbo said...

Love Henry Nouwen!
Very good quote.

Matt said...

Merry Christmas all!