"Prayer is a refuge of Godâ€™s great mercy to the human race." The refuge is a place of inner stillness and peace where the heart is fully opened to the embrace of Godâ€™s love. It is a return to the ancient paradise from which the human race, in Adam, had to depart because of disobedience to the command of God. "The Refuge" is an exposition of the concrete actions we should take if we truly desire to live with and in God. It weaves together meditations on scripture (from the Psalms in particular) and amplifies these with the wisdom of early Christian saints, in particular the ascetical writings of St John of the Ladder, St Macarius the Great and St Isaac the Syrian. It is an active exhortation for us to reacquire the original nobility with which God fashioned us in the beginning.
Posted by Unknown on 19th Nov 2019
The chapter on the fear and love of God is worth the price of the book. St. Ignatius notes that "one cannot love God except with a heart purified and sanctified by divine grace.... Repentance is the ship. Fear is the helmsman. Love is the divine shore." Any falsely-so-called love for God not rooted in humility, repentance, and holy fear is mere self-love vaingloriously disguised. True love cannot exist without the fear of God. "The fear of God is a gift of God....Through repentance, a Christian is lead first to fear of God and then to divine love."
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