what springs do you return to?

It is an immense resource in movements of intellectual or spiritual depression to have in this way your favorite authors, your inspiriting pages; to keep them at hand, always ready to invigorate you. I know certain persons who for years whenever their spirits flagged got a fresh start from the peroration of the Oraison fenubre on the Great Conde. Others, in the spiritual domain, are irresistibly moved by Pascal’s Mystere de Jesus, by a prayer of St. Thomas, by a chapter of the Imitation or by one of the parables. Each one should watch himself, note what helps him, keep at hand together his remedies for the sicknesses of the soul and not hesitate to go back and back to the same cordial or the same antidote until these have utterly lost their efficacy.

Sertillanges, The Intellectual Life (155)

As a few greatly anticipated days off arrive, I’m revisiting some well worn passages that have been continual sources of encouragement, correction, and exhortation. At the end of a long year, it is time spent among these voices where I hear the news of Christ and feel my soul mended in his care. I’m looking forward to it, and love how Sertillanges pushes us to it.

what are these works for you?  any specific passages? who are the authors you would call friend?

what springs do you return to?

3 thoughts on “what springs do you return to?

  1. I don’t like to admit it, but I tend to talk too much and have too much advice for others…dang…so I love this verse…

    Exodus 14:14 ~ The Lord will fight for you, and you have only to be silent.

    Now, if only I would apply it fully 🙂

  2. Pilgrims progress is a story I revisit often. No book besides the bible comforts, terrifies me and points me onward like it does. Bunyan is a man I want to spend time with in Heaven. He writes as one who has had his mind played with by Satan and as a fellow tormented fellow, it’s comforting to know that my suffering is common to man, especially one who wrote like he did.

  3. Psalm 46 is a beacon of light and hope for me always. “Be still, and know that I am God!” is a battle cry as I march forward towards the open and loving arms of my Father in heaven, desperately counting every second until I arrive in His embrace as I wade through immense tribulation. The pain and suffering in this sinful and broken world is almost unbearable. The guilt and shame of my past and current sins can be heavy shackles that keep me bound from moving forward. But across all of this, I see Him, arms outstretched, calling for me, yearning for me… and it is this vision of everlasting peace, redemption, and glory that gives me the strength to take one more bold step forward into the fire.

    “Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” – Isaiah 41:10


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