If we're going to make love a habit, then we're going to have to work with the Spirit to realign our desires not repress them.
it was their imitative life with Him, the one they’d been working on for years, that made it possible.
Lust is what our desire for sex and intimacy looks like disordered.
We cannot fight, what we cannot see; and we cannot vanquish, what we do not meet.
God wants to give us virtue, but He’s designed us with such terrifying dignity, that we cannot receive—even good things—against our will.
O Lord, make a weapon for my soul—fashion it in your furious love.
Human desire enables us to shut out or swing open the door of love.
Sloth is what our desire to create and produce looks like in a disordered state.
When we act from virtue we behave in a way that’s seamless with our character.
We exist, now and forever, to learn to love God and love like God.
Habits can feed our soul or they can starve it, they can strengthen it or spoil it.
If we look closely at our lives, we can see that there are no insignificant choices, each one adds or subtracts.
In humanity we see something profoundly beautiful—God’s own image made visible.
After each instance of creation, God looks and sees the good made visible.
The beautiful things we create are an attempt to replicate the goodness we’ve found in God’s beautiful world.
We don’t need fresh knowledge, we need to practice what we know.
As we work with spiritual practices of abstinence, Christ teaches us how to pursue the beautiful without being pained by it.
The ironic thing about magnanimous people is that their lives are worthy of recognition but they don’t seek it.
In the wilderness there is grace, grace to heal, preserve, even transform.
Christ remains the source and summation of the beautiful. And we only participate in it because He overflows with it.
That’s what it means to be God, to be so great that your power and humility don’t contradict.
When the Christ life gets a hold of us and starts unwinding envy, we begin doing something odd, we enjoy regarding one another more important than ourselves (Philippians 2:3).
As we pursue purgation we notice something new, something that quite possibly wasn’t there before, something drawing us to, “the mysterious vitality of trees, the silent magic of the forest.”
When we begin the crucified life (mortification) we send out a signal somewhere in the Universe. The devil goes to battle with those in obedience.
Gluttony is the sinful pattern of using food or drink to fill some vacancy in our soul.
If we keep stepping forward–not perfectly, but persistently–we can overcome.
Pain and suffering not only reveal to us the unseen layers of our brokenness, but it can be one of the important ways virtue is tested.
Our world and our lives have an infinite range of possibilities for becoming.
Vainglory is what our desire for recognition and approval looks like in a disordered state.
Acquiring the virtues is about growing into the kind of person who can love like God loves. It's about becoming an artisan of love.