one by one the passions awake, prowl around
and sniff at the object of their covetousness;
they are attacking the poor undecided soul from the back
and he is done for.
How often has he got to be hurled into the ditch,
to be stifled by the mud,
to grasp at the edges and arise to the light again,
to feel his hands give way
and return again to the darkness,
before he finally submits to the spiritual life -
the least understood law in the world and the one
that repels him most though without it he
cannot attain the grace of perserverance.
What is required,
is the renunciation of the ego.
People may laugh and scoff at you for being
unworthy of the title of free man
and for having to submit yourself to
but this enslavement,
is really a MIRACULOUS LIBERATION,
for even when you were free
you spent the whole time
forging chains for yourself,
putting them on,
riveting them tighter and tighter
You have become imprisoned
more and more each day.
The man you submit to (self and society)
does not want you to be free.
He wants you to be a slave.
Entire and Sweet renunciation. Absolute submission to Jesus Christ... [Blaise Pascal]