The perfect person does not only try to avoid evil. Nor does he do good for fear of punishment, still less in order to qualify for the hope of a promised reward.
The perfect person does good through love.
His actions are not motivated by desire for personal benefit, so he…
"There is a prayer without phrases, without words;
the throbbing of the heart is a prayer,
the tear of the eye is a a prayer,
the feeling of being in God’s presence is a prayer”
If you happen to fall into temptation, do not let the guilt of sin be an obstacle to prayer. If you cease praying till you repent, you will never repent, for prayer is the door to genuine repentance.
I dare you to find someone who is able to procrastinate as much as me. Can’t be done.
By insisting specially on the immanence of God we get introspection, self-isolation, quietism, social indifference—Tibet. By insisting specially on the transcendence of God we get wonder, curiosity, moral and political adventure, righteous indignation—Christendom. Insisting that God is inside man, man is always inside himself. By insisting that God transcends man, man has transcended himself.
There is no true joy on earth without the victory over death, but the victory over death does not exist without the Resurrection, and the Resurrection does not exist without Christ.
In Christian theology love is understood as the ineffable energy that is at the heart of God’s very being, the power that causes God to create the entire universe in the first place, the motive behind the divine investment in its redemption and the rationale for God’s continuing care to call forward all humanity into deepening communion, in love, with the God of Love.
but wait. a spark…
do you hear the voices of the unheard masses
rising up? chanting their freedom cries?
fearless men and women take to
the dusty streets to fight for their rights
Abba Pambo said: “If you have a heart, you can be saved.”
When we wait and weep, what do we know? Once we enter the heart ( kardia), what do we then discover? This is perhaps the essence of the desert message. What we discover is that we are not in control of ourselves, that we are wounded. We…
"David formerly sang songs, also today we sing hymns. He had a lyre with lifeless strings, the church has a lyre with living strings. Our tongues are the strings of the lyre with a different tone indeed but much more in accordance with piety. Here there is no need for the cithara, or…
Late have I loved you, O Beauty ever ancient, ever new, late have I loved you! You were within me, but I was outside, and it was there that I searched for you. In my unloveliness I plunged into the lovely things which you created. You were with me, but I was not with you. Created things kept me from you; yet if they had not been in you they would have not been at all. You called, you shouted, and you broke through my deafness. You flashed, you shone, and you dispelled my blindness. You breathed your fragrance on me; I drew in breath and now I pant for you. I have tasted you, now I hunger and thirst for more. You touched me, and I burned for your peace.
Confessions of St. Augustine
beauty ever ancient, ever new
“Abba Xanthios said, ‘A dog is better than I am, for he has love and he does not judge.”
— Sayings of the Desert Fathers