Quotable Creation Care: Madeleine L’Engle on the Seduction of Success

Hand grabbing money.

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How to stay open? How to make sure that the voice we hear is the voice of the Lord? There are all kinds of dirty devices that get in the way, a principal one being the climate of success in which we live, the need for success with our peers, in our careers, in our bank balances. The mistake is in thinking of the journey in terms of success at all (though inevitably we do). Success is one of the dirtiest temptations of the devil.

- Madeleine L’Engle, Walking on Water: Reflections on Faith and Art

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