The Light of Lights – St. Augustine

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When our Lord Jesus Christ shall come and “bring to light things hidden in darkness and make plain the secrets of the heart, so that everyone may receive his commendation from God”, then lamps will no longer be needed. [When we] behold the true and dear light without such aids, what shall we see? With what shall our minds be … Read More

Let Us Put On His Image – Saint Peter Chrysologus

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Now that we are reborn, as I have said, in the likeness of our Lord, and have indeed been adopted by God as his children, let us put on the complete image of our Creator so as to be wholly like him, not in the glory that he alone possesses, but in innocence, simplicity, gentleness, patience, humility, mercy, harmony, those … Read More

St. Columban – Light Everlasting

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How blessed, how fortunate, are those servants whom the Lord will find watchful when he comes. Blessed is the time of waiting when we stay awake for the Lord, the Creator of the universe, who fills all things and transcends all things. How I wish he would awaken me, his humble servant, from the sleep of slothfulness, even though I … Read More

Christ Plays In Ten Thousand Places…

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As kingfishers catch fire, dragonflies draw flame; As tumbled over rim in roundy wells Stones ring; like each tucked string tells, each hung bell’s Bow swung finds tongue to fling out broad its name; Each mortal thing does one thing and the same: Deals out that being indoors each one dwells; Selves — goes itself; myself it speaks and spells, … Read More

Saints Are Literalists

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For all their faults, one thing that a saint is, in the classical sense of the word, is someone who takes the gospel seriously – even literally.  Jesus says to the rich young man, “sell up and give all your possessions to the poor”, so St Francis takes him at his word and presents himself naked in the town square. … Read More

The Scandal of Particularity

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“Everywhere we look in scripture we are confronted with the scandal of particularity – the gospel itself being the greatest example.  We live in a culture that teaches us to abstract, depersonalise, idealise, homogenise, but the incarnation insists on the messiness of the whole thing.  We think macro, the Bible thinks micro.  We prefer global, the Bible prefers local.  We … Read More

4 Ways The Sabbath Pointed To Christ – Aquinas

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A little gem I found from Aquinas’ commentary on John, 4 ways that the Sabbath pointed to Christ: “God did what the law, weakened by the flesh, could not do: by sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, he condemned sin in his flesh, in order that the requirements of the law might be accomplished in us” … Read More

Spurgeon: The Quiet Work of Obeying God

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“We do not usually measure things rightly. I am persuaded that our weights and scales are out of order. We think we are doing a great deal when we get into a big controversy, or write an article that is read all over the nation, or create a sensation which startles thousands. But, indeed, it is not so! The Lord … Read More

The Guarantee of The Spirit

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The Holy Spirit presents believers with proof of the life to come.  In regeneration, comfort, joy, peace,  wisdom, love, power to obey God and miraculous gifts he takes something of the world to come and brings it into our present existence:  Christ is raised and we are raised with him, and the whole of creation will be made new!   Just as the dove brought Noah a freshly plucked olive … Read More

Learn From Jesus How To Love – Aphrahat

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This is how our Saviour taught us diligently to manifest love: first he perfected it in himself, and then he taught those who heard him. He reconciled our enmity with his Father because he loved us, and he yielded up his innocence in the place of the debtors, and the Good in place of the evil ones was put to … Read More