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Pseudo-Dionysius: “The man in union with truth”

11 November 2019

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“The man in union with truth knows clearly that all is well with him, even if everyone thinks that he has gone out of his mind. What they fail to see, naturally, is that he is gone out of the path of error and has in his real faith arrived at the truth. He knows that far from being mad, as they imagine him to be, he has been rescued from the instability and the constant changes which bore him along the variety of error and that he has been set free by simple and immutable stable truth. That is why the principle leaders of our divine wisdom die each day for the truth. They bear witness in every word and deed to the single knowledge of the truth possessed by Christians. They prove that truth to be more simple and more divine than every other. Or, rather, what they show is that here is the only true, single, and simple knowledge of God.”

Pseudo-Dionysius

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

John Cassian: “the primary good”

10 November 2019

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“In looking after the Lord and His disciples Martha did a very holy service. Mary, however, was intent on the spiritual teaching of Jesus and she stayed by His feet… while Martha was working hard, responsibly and fully intent on her job… she demanded the help of her sister from the Lord. ‘Does it not bother You that my sister leaves me to do the work alone?’ she said. ‘Tell her to come and help me’ (Luke 10:40). Certainly she summons Mary to a task that is not inconsequential but is a praiseworthy service. Yet what does she hear from the Lord? ‘Martha, Martha, you are full of worry and are upset over many things where actually it should be over a few or even one thing. Mary has chosen the good part and it will not be taken away from her’ (Luke 10:41-42)… In saying this the Lord locates the primary good not in activity, however praiseworthy, however abundantly fruitful, but in truly simple… contemplation of Himself.”

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G. K. Chesterton: “Joy is the uproarious labor by which all things live”

9 November 2019

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“Man is more himself, man is more manlike, when Joy is the fundamental thing in him, and Grief the superficial. Melancholy should be an innocent interlude, a tender and fugitive state of mind; Praise should be the permanent pulsation of the soul. Pessimism is at best an emotional half-holiday; Joy is the uproarious labor by which all things live.”

G. K. Chesterton

 

 

 

 

John of Kronstadt: “make me worthy of the life that never grows old”

8 November 2019

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“Lord! I am – a miracle of Thy goodness, wisdom and omnipotence, inasmuch as I was brought by Thee from non-existence into existence; inasmuch as I am preserved until now by Thee in this existence; inasmuch as by the mercy, bounties, and love to mankind of Thine Only-begotten Son, I shall inherit eternal life, provided I am faithful unto Thee; inasmuch as by the mysterious act of Thine offering Thyself through Thy Son as a sacrifice, I am restored from the terrible fall, I am redeemed from eternal destruction, I glorify Thy goodness, Thine infinite power, Thy wisdom! But complete the miracle of Thy goodness, omnipotence and wisdom upon me, a miserable sinner, and by ways known to Thee, save me, Thine unworthy servant, and lead me into Thine eternal kingdom, make me worthy of the life that never grows old, of the day that has no evening.”

St. John of Kronstadt

 

 

 

 

Samuel Adams: “It does not take a majority to prevail”

7 November 2019

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“It does not take a majority to prevail, but rather an irate, tireless minority keen to set brushfires of freedom in the minds of men.”

Samuel Adams

 

 

 

Gregory Palamas: “The commemoration of Christ’s saving Passion”

6 November 2019

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“The commemoration of Christ’s saving Passion is at hand, and the new, great spiritual Passover, which is the reward for dispassion and the prelude of the world to come. Lazarus proclaims it in advance by coming back from the depths of Hades and rising from the dead on the fourth day just by voice and command of God, Who has power over life and death (cf. Jn. 11:1-45).”

St. Gregory Palamas

 

 

 

 

Padre Pio: “Do not let your heart become troubled”

5 November 2019

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“Do not let your heart become troubled by the sad spectacle of human injustice. Even this has its value in the face of all else. And it is from this that one day you will see the justice of God rising with unfailing triumph.”

St. Padre Pio of Pietrelcina