Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Gather Life for Eternity

A great quote from the Journals of Father Alexander Schmemann dated Monday, September 23,1974:
Then how should one live? Gather life for eternity, which means to live life as being eternal. To sow perishable goods, so that "after" death they would rise up indestructable. But one can choose to live "gathering death," to live by "the lust of the flesh and the lust of the eyes and the pride of life" (1 John 2:16) which is already a torture, already death. One can choose to submit to daily bustle, to empty one's soul, to serve idols - a dead end - death...
It seems this is the question that Americans especially, and all people, have before us. Do we fill our soul's by gathering life for eternity or do we gather death by submitting to the daily bustle, serving idols?
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