As Baudelaire said, of an earlier iteration of this modern world: “Everyone believes in God, but nobody loves Him. No one believes in the Devil, and yet his smell is everywhere.”
*Charles Baudelaire – Poet
Charles Pierre Baudelaire was a French poet who also produced notable work as an essayist, art critic, and pioneering translator of Edgar Allan Poe
“There comes a moment when people who have been dabbling in religion (Man’s search for God!) suddenly draw back. Suppose we really found Him! We never meant it to come to that! Worse still, supposing He had found us?”
(C.S. Lewis’s Miracles)
After reading the morning news and thinking back on debates, candidates, and other creatures of the media attention, for some reason, these quotes from Proverbs seemed to ring a bell . . . and not a gentle chime of a bell, either!
“The slothful hand hath wrought poverty; but the hand of the industrious getteth richer.”
“The mouth of the just is a vein of life; and the mouth of the wicked coverth iniquity.”
“As a tempest that passeth, so the wicked shall be no more: but the just is as an everlasting foundation.”
“The strength of the just is joy; but the hope of the wicked shall perish.”
“The lips of the just consider what is acceptable: and the mouth of the wicked uttereth perverse things.”
“Let nothing disturb you,
Let nothing frighten you,
All things are passing away:
God never changes.
Patience obtains all things.
Whoever has God lacks nothing;
God alone suffices.”
-Teresa of Ávila