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T.S. Eliot on a difficult faith

You will never attract the young by making Christianity easy; but a good many can be attracted by finding it difficult: difficult both to the disorderly mind and to the unruly passions.

— T.S. Eliot

This quote showed up in my today, courtesy of The Plough daily dig email. Immediately I was struck by how . . .

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January 10, 2017

on being mistaken for Christ

thoughts on Holy Innocents' day

We live in a fallen world where injustice, calamity, and horrors are too frequent and too real. Spending just a few moments reading the news quickly reminds us of these truths. At first blush, it would be easy to consider the slaughter of the Holy Innocents who gave their lives as just one more example of the brokenness of our world, and as . . .

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Posted in: theology

December 28, 2016

"the man who cries out against evil men..."

The man who cries out against evil men but does not pray for them will never know the grace of God.

--St. Silouan the Athonite

H/T Eclectic Orthodoxy

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Posted in: quotestheology

December 20, 2016

on a radically simple Christmas

Jesus observed, “Without me you can do nothing.” Yet we act, for the most part, as though without us God can do nothing.…“Oh, but nothing will get done,” you say. “If I don’t do it, Christmas won’t happen.” And we crowd out Christ with our fretful fears.
God asks us to give away everything of ourselves. The gift of greatest efficacy . . .

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Posted in: quotestheology

December 14, 2016

feast day: St. Michael and all the angels

The observance of St. Michael’s day is one of the oldest in the church liturgical calendar. In the Western Lutheran and Anglican traditions, this feast day celebrates all angels on this day, not just St. Michael. In the Roman and Eastern traditions, these celebrations are split into two separate feast days.

Traditional has it that . . .

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September 29, 2016

on terror and comfort

the work of Christ in us

At times our conscience terrifies us, and our heart panics. It looks for something good in us or some good work—something for our hope to grasp hold of and think that surely God would be merciful to us and forgive us our multitude of sins, if just for this one elusive thing. Usually, our searching is for not, as we realize that we are not . . .

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September 03, 2016

a meditation

There is a contemplative in all of us, almost strangled but still alive, who craves quiet enjoyment of the Now, and longs to touch the seamless garment of silence which makes whole.

—Alan P. Tory

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Posted in: quotestheology

August 28, 2016

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