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On Cleaving To God
Chapter 2

How one can cling to and seek Christ alone, disdaining everything else

   Certainly, anyone who desires and aims to arrive at and remain in such
   a state must needs above all have eyes and senses closed and not be
   inwardly involved or worried about anything, nor concerned or occupied
   with anything, but should completely reject all such things as
   irrelevant, harmful and dangerous. Then he should withdraw himself
   totally within himself and not pay any attention to any object entering
   the mind except Jesus Christ, the wounded one, alone, and so he should
   turn his attention with care and determination through him into him -
   that is, through the man into God, through the wounds of his humanity
   into the inmost reality of his divinity. Here he can commit himself and
   all that he has, individually and as a whole, promptly, securely and
   without discussion, to God's unwearying providence, in accordance with
   the words of Peter, cast all your care upon him (1 Peter 5.7), who can
   do everything. And again, In nothing be anxious (Philippians 4.6), or
   what is more, Cast your burden upon the Lord, and he will sustain you.
   (Psalm 55.22) Or again, It is good for me to hold fast to God, (Ps.
   73.28) and I have always set up God before me. (Psalm 16.8) The bride
   too in the Song of Songs says, I have found him whom my soul loves,
   (Canticle 3.4) and again, All good things came to me along with her.
   (Wisdom 7.11) This, after all, is the hidden heavenly treasure, none
   other than the pearl of great price, which must be sought with
   resolution, esteeming it in humble faithfulness, eager diligence, and
   calm silence before all things, and preferring it even above physical
   comfort, or honour and renown. For what good does it do a religious if
   he gains the whole world but suffers the loss of his soul? Or what is
   the benefit of his state of life, the holiness of his profession, the
   virtue of his habit and tonsure, or the outer circumstances of his way
   of life if he is without a life of spiritual humility and truth in
   which Christ abides through a faith created by love. This is what Luke
   means by, the Kingdom of God (that is, Jesus Christ) is within you.
   (Luke 17.21)
     







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