Ash Wednesday: the internal debate

February 26, 2009

We have such stingy hearts that it seems to us we’re going to lose the earth if we desire to neglect the body a little for the sake of the spirit.

— St. Teresa of Avila
The Book of Her Life.


He who does not mind his belly will hardly mind anything else.

— Samuel Johnson
in Boswell’s Life of Johnson, Ch.XV.

2 Responses to “Ash Wednesday: the internal debate”

  1. Janet Says:

    Internal but not, thankfully eternal. Unfortunately, I think we won’t see the end of it until the last judgement. The saints must get close.

    AMDG, Janet

  2. cburrell Says:

    Very true, Janet.

    It is a bit startling to have Dr. Johnson in the role of devil’s advocate!

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