09 September 2011

Mystical Books

Painting: Felix Vallotton (1865 - 1925)
I never could understand the fondness some people have for confusing their minds by dwelling on mystical books that merely awaken their doubts and excite their imagination, giving them a bent for exaggeration quite contrary to Christian simplicity. Let us rather read the Epistles and Gospels. Let us not seek to penetrate what mysteries they contain; for how can we, miserable sinners that we are, know the terrible and holy secrets of Providence while we remain in this flesh which forms an impenetrable veil between us and the Eternal?

Leo Tolstoy, War and Peace

Painting: Felix Vallotton (1865 - 1925)

3 comments:

  1. That's quite thought provoking. I've never read it before. Thanks for sharing :)

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  2. Hey, Gary! It's great to meet you! Thanks for becoming a Follower on my blog!

    Many congrats on your five published books - and best of luck writing your first novel! Keep us posted on how that's going!

    Thanks again!

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  3. Love this! Tolstoy really had the most marvellous way with words.

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