Write In Between

Wednesday, September 05, 2007

Writer's Wednesday -- Fr. Michael Scanlon TOR

"The difference the [baptism of the] Spirit makes is the difference between willpower Christianity and Christianity lived in the Spirit. Most of us know what willpower Christianity is. We make a conscious decision to pattern our lives on that of Jesus Christ and to be faithful to his teachings in the midst of sufferings and temptations and difficulty. In short, willpower Christianity means using our wills to achieve our ideal of holiness. The Lord wants us to have a disciplined will, but he also wants..to do things for us. He wants us to enjoy the abundance of his mercy. He wants to use us to do miracles. He wants us to know him intimately."

-----Fr. Michael Scanlan, TOR, Let the Fire Fall, Franciscan University Press

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