We three kings of orient aren’t
Dec21

We three kings of orient aren’t

We’re all familiar with the image of three men on camels, traveling trackless sand dunes by starlight: “Field and fountain, moor and mountain, / Following yonder star.” But how accurate are our Hallmark greeting cards?

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Identity in communion
Dec17

Identity in communion

The only way we can find ourselves is to deny ourselves… It’s only by loving the other that myself actually emerges.

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More honorable than the cherubim
Oct17

More honorable than the cherubim

Is the Theotokos seriously “more honorable than the cherubim and more glorious than the seraphim”?

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Saint Ephrem: “No advantage do you offer”
Oct16

Saint Ephrem: “No advantage do you offer”

Saint Ephrem the Syrian (4th century) wrote: No advantages do you offer those who love you, O world, you dwelling-place of sorrows. All who draw near to you do you seduce with your treasures and with all your delights, but in the day of death both the fair countenance of the beautiful and the might of the strong will be cast down into the grave. Woe to him who loves you and is loved by you, for his joy will be transformed into cries....

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China knuckles
Oct11

China knuckles

Just like brass knuckles, but they’re made of recycled Blue Willow china and are quite fragile. Because of course they are.

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On Anger
Oct10

On Anger

In paradise, anger was blessed. The Lord God sowed it in man to give him an instrument for violently repulsing from himself every trick of the devil that aims to separate him from the true God…

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