Haste Not, Want Not!
Haste is, generally speaking, the enemy of the spiritual life. Guard your heart in this glorious Advent season, a season which, secularly, tends towards hustle and bustle and rushing to and fro, exhausting effort! The only haste that reflects holiness is when we hasten to return to God … and he runs to embrace us with His forgiveness and love. (See the Parable of the Prodigal Son in the gospel of St Luke 15:11-32) If we find and live in that embrace, we will never again be in want.
Art: Detail of The Return of the Prodigal Son, Rembrandt Harmenszoon van Rijn, circa 1669, PD-US, author’s term of life less 100 years, Wikimedia Commons.