Friday, March 14, 2008


"We raised the Shining Barrier against creeping separateness, which was, in the last analysis, self. We also raised it against a world of indecencies and decaying standards, the decline of courtesy, the whispering mockers of love. We would have our own standards. And, above all, we would be us-centred, not self-centred.... We saw self as the ultimate danger to love, which it is; we didn't see it as the ultimate evil of hell, which it also is. We saw only the danger to our love. Still, we turned away from it, turned away because we loved our love. And we were determined that it should endure."

--Sheldon Vanauken, A Severe Mercy, pg. 37.

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