MAN is raised up from the earth by two wings - simplicity
and purity. There must be simplicity
in his intention and purity in his desires. Simplicity leads
to God, purity embraces and enjoys Him.
your heart is free from ill-ordered affection, no good deed
will be difficult for you. If you
aim at and seek after nothing but the pleasure of God and
the welfare of your neighbor, you will
enjoy freedom within.
your heart were right, then every created thing would be a
mirror of life for you and a book
of holy teaching, for there is no creature so small and worthless
that it does not show forth the
goodness of God. If inwardly you were good and pure, you would
see all things clearly and
understand them rightly, for a pure heart penetrates to heaven
and hell, and as a man is within, so
he judges what is without. If there be joy in the world, the
pure of heart certainly possess it; and if
there be anguish and affliction anywhere, an evil conscience
knows it too well.
iron cast into fire loses its rust and becomes glowing white,
so he who turns completely to
God is stripped of his sluggishness and changed into a new
man. When a man begins to grow lax,
he fears a little toil and welcomes external comfort, but
when he begins perfectly to conquer himself
and to walk bravely in the ways of God, then he thinks those
things less difficult which he thought
so hard before.