A man given to arguing becomes for himself a double-edged sword; he destroys his soul, without knowing it, and renders it alien to eternal life. Continue reading “The way of humility”
I will forever bless the day when I was asked to rummage through a friend’s office and take any book I liked in certain sections. That is the day I came on Writings from the Philokalia: On Prayer of the Heart. I’ve noted some thoughts from this treasure on past posts. Today’s thought may be the entire reason the Spirit brought me to that office that day. Continue reading “What is faith?”
I am now moving between two pieces of writing that will not allow me to hurry. In our culture (and especially in a world defining “leaders as readers” and shame on you if you’re not reading a book a week..) this is hard. My reading does indeed move too quickly. These writing won’t let me, and I’m grateful. Continue reading “The depths possible in walking with God”
The discovery of the Creator is not only the belief in the First Cause… It is also — and first and foremost — the discovery of love. To create means not only to reveal power, omnipotence that surpasses all, but also it means: to give being, existence and goodness, therefore — to love! — Pope John Paul II, In God’s Hands: The Spiritual Diaries of Pope Saint John Paul II.
“God gets down on his knees among us, gets on our level and shares himself with us…. Continue reading “The God who stoops”
Well worth your time and a slow read: A Long Obedience in the Same Direction by Eugene Peterson. He takes the psalms of ascents and puts them into everyday practical language to discuss discipleship for the believer. From Psalm 130, some thoughts: Continue reading “Nobody knows the trouble…”
I came across a gem of a book called Writings from the Philokalia: On Prayer of the Heart. It is a collection of writings from Fathers of the Eastern Church from about the 4th to the 14th centuries. Continue reading “The key to knowing the heart of God”