December 19, 2011

Advent with Houselander (I)

"I often think that the ideal of our perfection that we set up, and often go through torture to achieve, may not be God’s idea of how He wants us to be at all. That may be something quite different that we never would have thought of, and what seems like a failure to us may really be something bringing us closer to His will for us."
-- Caryll Houselander, quoted in Caryll Houselander, That Divine Eccentric by Maisie Ward

ps. Guys!  I sold out of my jams!  Thank you so so so much! I am overwhelmed!


  1. I love this quote. I've never heard of Caryll Houselander before; would you recommend his work for someone discerning God's will in their life?

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  2. Hi ashley: I definitely would. She was an British mystic, but in the modern era, and her work is both practical and profound. The Reed of Good is a good starting point. I'd also recommend Francis de Sales Letters to People of the World