靜修之道  第六章  拔除逸樂

「你們要努力進窄門。我告訴你們,將來有許多人想要進去,卻是不能。」(路13:24)

原因就在於,我們不願逼迫自己。

猛力突擊您的自憐,因為它是所有禍患的根源。

制止您毀滅性的軟弱,抑制您對舒適的渴望;從四面八方攻擊它們。

但小心封鎖前門的同時,後門卻留下縫隙,讓變形的邪惡,狡猾地溜了進來。
例如:您嘗試戒菸,卻放縱自己閒言閒語的慾望?
或者您棄絕了閒談的衝動,卻開始讀刺激的小說?
或者您停止讀小說,但卻任憑想像馳騁,在甜美的愁思中顫抖?
這一切只是同一件事的變形:餵養自己對享樂永不滿足的渴求。


 

「若有人要跟從我,就當捨己,背起他的十字架來跟從我。」(太16:24)

 

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“For many, I say unto you, will seek to enter in, and shall not be able” (Luke 13:24).

 

The explanation is to be found precisely in our unwillingness to persecute ourselves. Make an onslaught on your self-pity, for it is the root of all ill that befalls you. Suppress your ruinous weakness and your craving for comfort; attack them from every side!

 

But take care not to bar the front entrance to evil and at the same time leave a back door ajar, through which it can cleverly slip in, in another form. How do you benefit if, for example, you try to give up smoking but give free rein to your urge to prattle? Or if you deny your urge to prattle, but read exciting novels? Or if you stop reading novels but let loose your imagination and quiver in sweet melancholy? All these are only different forms of the same thing: your insatiable craving to satisfy your own need for enjoyment.

 

“If any man will come after me, let him deny himself”, He said (Matthew 16:24).

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