C.S. Lewis and Annie Dillard, on spiritual disciplines and duties

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C.S. Lewis, from the chapter “A Word on Praising,” in Reflections on the Psalms:

When we carry out our ‘religious duties’ we are like people digging channels in a waterless land, in order that when at last the water comes, it may find them ready.”

Annie Dillard, in Teaching a Stone to Talk:

You do not have to do these things—unless you want to know God. They work on you, not on Him. You do not have to sit outside in the dark. If, however, you want to look at the stars, you will find that darkness is necessary.”

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