The present life is but a road
by which we advance to our homeland.
Because of this, by a secret judgment,
we are subjected to frequent disturbance
so that we do not have more love
for the journey than the destination.
whenever they see pleasant fields by the road,
contrive to linger there and thus they deviate
from the route undertaken in the journey.
As long as they are charmed by the beauty of the journey,
their steps are slowed.
It is for this reason that the Lord
makes the path through this world
rough for his chosen ones
who are on their way towards him.
This is so none may take pleasure in this world’s rest
or find refreshment in the beauty of the journey
and thus prefer to continue the journey for a long time
rather than to arrive quickly.
–St. Gregory the Great (540-604)
Moral Commentary on the Book of Job
Prayer: Psalm 42:1-5
As a deer longs for flowing streams,
so my soul longs for you, O God.
My soul thirsts for God,
for the living God.
When shall I come and behold
the face of God?
My tears have been my food
day and night,
while people say to me continually,
‘Where is your God?’
These things I remember,
as I pour out my soul:
how I went with the throng,
and led them in procession to the house of God,
with glad shouts and songs of thanksgiving,
a multitude keeping festival.
Why are you cast down, O my soul,
and why are you disquieted within me?
Hope in God; for I shall again praise him,
my help and my God.