Tuesday, May 4, 2010


Reading Gregory the Great is like having a new best friend. In my recent post "The Rodent in Autumn," I lamented the failings of life so far while gawking at the wonderful ways God continues to bless my efforts. Then I read this from Gregory:

"...let us turn the back of our minds on this corruption of temporal life, let us turn the faces of our hearts to the freedom of the Heavenly Kingdom. But behold, there are still many things that oppress us from the care of corruptible life. Therefore because we cannot depart perfectly, at least let us stand in the door of our cave, ready to leave at any time propitiously through the grace of Our Savior Who lives and reigns with the Father in the Unity of the Holy Spirit, God, unto all ages of ages. Amen."

Pray and meditate as we might, we are still "in the flesh" and the cares of this life will occupy even the most "spiritual" among us. That's just how it is. So we "stand at the door of our cave," not totally out of it's gloom but available to God's call toward the light.

That I can do.


The Underground Pewster said...

I like it, but I will add the following, "Behold the caveman, he only makes progress when he sticks his head out of the door of his cave." U.P.

TLF+ said...

Hey, no making fun of cavemen here. Haven't you seen those car insurance commercials?

And then there are those military types who jump out of perfectly good airplanes, preceded by the command "Stand in the door."

And then there are those guys in Plato, chained in the cave and only seeing shadows reflected upon the wall.

Are the shadows profound 'neath the pews?