abba lot went to see abba joseph and said to him, “abba, as far as i can i say my little office, i fast a little, i pray and meditate, i live in peace and as far as i can, i purify my thoughts. what else can i do?” then the old man stood up and stretched his hands towards heaven. his fingers became like ten lamps and he said to him, “if you will, you can become all flame.”
— the sayings of the desert fathers.
sin is believing the lie that you are self-created, self-dependent, and self-sustained.
the Cross is the blazing fire at which the flame of our love is kindled, but we have to get near enough for its sparks to fall on us.
— john stott
to my God a heart of flame; to my fellow man a heart of love; to myself a heart of steel.
live near to God, and so all things will appear to you little in comparison with eternal realities.
— robert m’cheyne
o Love ever burning and never extinguished caritas, my God, set me on fire.
that is where i want to be.