Sunday, March 6, 2011

Something about idolatry

Artist: Felice Giani

I would assert that idolatry is far more seductive than most of us realize. For most of us it is not about exotic statues with many arms but rather about concepts, attitudes, entitled convictions. I think a disciplined spiritual life certainly includes being on the lookout for the idolatry within ourselves on a regular basis:

Men are idolaters, and want something to look at and kiss and hug, or throw themselves down before; they always did, they always will; and if you don't make it of wood, you must make it of words . . .

-- Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.


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