The Spiritual Life by Evelyn Underhill: Quotes

Here are a few quotes from one of the 20th century's most profound writers on Christian spirituality, Evelyn Underhill, who called all Christians to an "everyday mysticism."

A spiritual life is simply a life in which all that we do comes from the centre, where we are anchored in God: a life soaked through and through by a sense of His reality and claim, and self-given to the great movement of his will (32).

This longing, this need of God, however dimly and vaguely we feel it, is the seed from which grows the strong, beautiful and fruitful plant of prayer” (56).

Many people seem to think that the spiritual life necessarily requires a definite and exacting plan of study.  It does not.  But it does require a definite plan of life; and courage in sticking to the plan, not for merely days or weeks, but for years (122).

He who is in a hurry delays the things of God. ~St. Vincent de Paul (113).

“If , then, we desire a simple test of the quality of our spiritual life, a consideration of the tranquility, gentleness and strength with which we deal with the circumstances of our outward life will serve us better than anything that is based on the loftiness of our religious notions, or fervor of our religious feelings” (94).

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