For further reading about the nature of Jesus’s temptation in the wilderness, see Henri Nouwen’s book, In the Name of Jesus.
Quotes from this week’s sermon:
“suddenly began to weep, to tear his hair and lament. His disciples said to him ‘Why are you weeping, Father?’ and the old man replied, ‘A great pillar of the Church has just fallen (he meant the young monk) but go to him and see what has happened.’” ~Sayings of the Dessert Fathers
“If I had a message to my contemporaries it is surely this: Be anything you like, be madmen, drunks, and bastards of every shape and form, but at all costs avoid one thing: success . . . If you are too obsessed with success, you will forget to live. If you have learned only how to be a success, your life has probably been wasted.” ~Thomas Merton