A silly idea is current that good people do not know what temptation means. This is an obvious lie. Only those who try to resist temptation know how strong it is…. A man who gives in to temptation after five minutes simply does not know what it would have been like an hour later. That is why bad people, in one sense, know very little about badness. They have lived a sheltered life by always giving in.
Then he said to her, ‘Do you think that’s what the ocean sounds like?’ The wind was tossing the leaves of the oak tree, which were dense and heavy enough to roar and ebb and then roar again. ‘When I was a kid I liked to think so.’
Remind me gently, Oh Lord, what it means to have a heart that breaks like Yours; but if it cannot be gentle, I beg that You walk with me in the pain of Your answer, so that I may know not only Your goodness, but also Your face.