"We want to be a saint, but we also want to feel every sensation experienced by sinners; we want to be innocent and pure, but we also want to be experienced and taste all of life; we want to serve the poor and have a simple lifestyle, but we also want all the comforts of the rich; we want to have the depth afforded by solitude, but we also do not want to miss anything; we want to pray, but we also want to watch television, read, talk to friends, and go out.Struggling against opposing desires. I've been there. You too?
It's a small wonder that life is often a trying enterprise, and that we are often tired and pathologically overextended."
From Rolheiser's book, The Holy Longing: The Search for A Christian Spirituality
Wednesday, September 26, 2007
The Battle We Face
I read this quote by Ronald Rolheiser the other day and thought, "Wow, that captures the human condition: