Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Nourishing the soul

O my soul:

I read this over at Quiddity website. Andrew Kern's website is on classical education for children but addresses the nurture of the soul in general. He writes:

A great soul is perceptive, silent, receptive, appropriate. None of these qualities can be developed without nourishing the child’s soul on the true, the good, and the beautiful.

One part of depression is that the soul is malnourished. The soul dwells on unimportant things. The soul dwells on itself and wonders why everything is ugly.

This is true for my soul anyway.

I am beginning to read again. Slowly. Surely. I haven't read much in the last few years but then I've also noticed that the books I was trying to read were those that were not all that beautiful. They were not all that nourishing rather they were lists of facts or stories without a voice. Literature has more to offer while I continue to heal.

Holy Scripture agrees.

Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things. (Philippians 4:8)



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