“Thus the Lord brought the desire tree of devotional service to this earth and became its gardener. He sowed the seed and sprinkled upon it the water of His will.
“In many places devotional service has been compared to a creeper. One has to sow the seed of the devotional creeper, bhakti-lata, within his heart. As he regularly hears and chants, the seed will fructify and gradually grow into a mature plant and then produce the fruit of devotional service, namely love of Godhead, which the gardener (mala-kara) can then enjoy without impediments.”
Chaitanya Caritamrta Adi 9.9
“Grace, which is charity, contains in itself all virtues in a hidden and potential manner, like the leaves and the branches of the oak hidden in the meat of an acorn. To be an acorn is to have a taste for being an oak tree. Habitual grace brings with it all the Christian virtues in their seed.”
Thomas Merton. Thoughts in Solitude. (New York: Farrar, Strauss, Giroux, 1999).
Thought for the Day
“Actual graces move us to actualize these hidden powers and to realize what they mean: Christ acting in us.”
Thoughts in Solitude: 20.