According to St. Benedict

According to Benedict, "the spiritual life depends on our being peaceful peacemakers. Agitation drives out consciousness of God. When we're driven by agitation, consumed by fretting, we become immersed in our own agenda and it is always exaggerated.... At the same time, a kind of passive tranquility is not the aim of the Benedictine life. The call of spirituality is to be gentle ourselves and to bring nonviolence in our wake."

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  1. Agitation drives out consciousness of God.

    I didn't want to agree with this... Then I realized I agreed. It's very true - when you're agitated, there's no such thing as unconditional election.

    Someone wrote this when they were 19. (19!).

    I resolve to act, in all respects, both speaking and doing, as if nobody had been so disgusting as me, and as if I had committed the same sins, or had the same weaknesses or failings as others; and that I will let the knowledge of their failings promote nothing but shame in myself, and show me that I need to confess my own sins and misery to God.

    Jonathan Edwards.