Your Father Cherishes Affection Toward You

The mother draws the children to herself; and we seek our mother the Church. Whatever is feeble and tender, as needing help on account of its feebleness, is kindly looked on, and is sweet and pleasant, anger changing into help in the case of such: for thus horses’ colts, and the little calves of cows, and the lion’s whelp, and the stag’s fawn, and the child of man, are looked upon with pleasure by their fathers and mothers. Thus also the Father of the universe cherishes affection towards those who have fled to Him; and having begotten them again by His Spirit to the adoption of children, knows them as gentle, and loves those alone, and aids and fights for them; and therefore He bestows on them the name of child

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Clement of Alexandria

The Paradox of Christmas

“Christmas is built upon a beautiful and intentional paradox; that the birth of the homeless should be celebrated in every home.”

~ G.K. Chesterton

The Strength You Fear

“Perhaps I am stronger than I think.

Perhaps I am even afraid of my strength, and turn it against myself, thus making myself weak.

Making myself secure. Making myself guilty.

Perhaps I am most afraid of the strength of God in me.

Perhaps I would rather be guilty and weak in myself,

Than strong in Him whom I cannot understand.”

~ Thomas Merton, A Book of Hours

‘Reading the Holy Scriptures’

This is a great quote from St. Mark the Ascetic on how to read the Bible. I can’t count the number of times I’ve done the exact opposite …

When reading the Holy Scriptures, he who is humble and engaged in spiritual work will apply everything to himself and not to someone else.

(On the Spiritual Law)

(Found at Classical Christianity)

If Your Days Are Filled with Nonsense

“All the absurd little meetings, decisions, inner skirmishes that go to make up our days. It all adds up to very little, and yet it all adds up to very much. Our days are full of nonsense, and yet not, because it is precisely into the nonsense of our days that God speaks to us words of great significance–not words that are written in the stars but words that are written into the raw stuff and nonsense of our days, which are not nonsense just because God speaks into the midst of them. And the words that he says, to each of us differently, are be brave … be merciful … feed my lambs … press on toward the goal.”

Frederick Buechner, The Magnificent Defeat

Frederick Buechner on Life and Death

“And now brothers, I will ask you a terrible question, and God knows I ask it also of myself. Is the truth beyond all truths, beyond the stars, just this: that to live without him is the real death, that to die with him the only life?”

Frederick Buechner,

The Magnificent Defeat