The Following of Christ
We need two wings to lift us out of earthly trouble. Those wings are simplicity and purity.
We need simple motives and pure desires.
Simplicity thinks only of Jesus and looks to him. Purity allows us to enjoy him and stay with him.
Nothing will get in your way if you are inwardly free from desires you should not have. Wanting nothing but to please God, and to help others, is the way to great inner freedom.
If your heart is right, everything God created becomes a mirror and a book of holy instruction to you. No created thing, no matter how small or lowly, fails to reflect the goodness of God.
If you were good and pure inside, you would see and understand everything much better.
A pure heart comprehends everything from heaven to hell.
We judge everything according to what we have in our hearts.
If there is any joy, it surely belongs to the pure in heart. On the other hand, if there is any sadness or anxiety, the one with an evil conscience knows it best.
Like iron loses its rust in the fire and begins to glow, we turn into new and shining personalities by giving ourselves to God.
When we turn lukewarm our work becomes drudgery to us and we start looking for all kinds of relief and entertainment. But when we overcome ourselves and walk with courage in Jesus’ way, everything becomes light and easy.
Geert Groote, 1340-1384, Brothers and Sisters of the Common Life, Deventer, Netherlands