orthodoxyandanimals:

"One must also in the name of truth be bold enough to affirm that the Cause of all things, through the beauty, goodness and profusion of His intense love for everything, goes out of Himself in His providential care for the whole of creation. By means of the supra-essential power of ecstasy, and spell-bound as it were by goodness, love and longing, He relinquishes His utter transcendence in order to dwell in all things while yet remaining within Himself." - St Maximus the Confessor

orthodoxyandanimals:

"One must also in the name of truth be bold enough to affirm that the Cause of all things, through the beauty, goodness and profusion of His intense love for everything, goes out of Himself in His providential care for the whole of creation. By means of the supra-essential power of ecstasy, and spell-bound as it were by goodness, love and longing, He relinquishes His utter transcendence in order to dwell in all things while yet remaining within Himself." - St Maximus the Confessor

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God,

I’ve never been religious

Or righteous

Or proud

And I’ve questioned everything you’ve ever said

Whether it be in a book

Or out loud

But please let there be a heaven because hell is in my head

And an eternity for me to meet

Every soul you gave away and then suddenly chose to keep

— nisreensalem.wordpress.com (via hijabae)

Now this fucked me up

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This is now my life anthem ♥

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A religion is as much a progressive unlearning of false ideas concerning God as it is the learning of the true ideas concerning God. Rabbi Mordecai Kaplan (via azspot)

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WORTH KNOWING:
God waits on you!
He stands at the door like a spiritual benefactor, His arms laden with gifts and blessings.
He waits until we are ready to receive. He waits for the perfect moment.
He waits until we appreciate what we are asking for. He waits until we have made sufficient preparations in our heart.
He waits until we are not too busy to notice. He waits until we are clean and free of resentment and discontentment.
He waits to answer until we have fully understood our question. He waits until maturity is appropriate and our understanding is elevated.
He waits until our arms are open and unhindered. And sometimes, He waits until we think He has forgotten, just to test and grow our faith.
— Kristen Armstrong (via emrepublic)
Then when G-d asks [Cain], ‘Where is your brother Abel?’ he arrogantly responds, ‘I do not know. Am I my brother’s keeper?’
In essence, the entire Bible is written as an affirmative response to this question.
— Rabbi Joseph Telushkin, Jewish Literacy (via mermaideleh)

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dramoor:

"Evil does not exist by nature, nor is any man naturally evil, for God made nothing that was not good.  When in the desire of his heart someone conceives and gives form to what in reality has no existence, then what he desires begins to exist.  We should therefore turn our attention away from the inclination to evil and concentrate it on the remembrance of God; for good, which exists by nature, is more powerful than our inclination to evil.  The one has existence while the other does not, except when we give it existence through our actions."
~St. Diadochus of Photiki
(Photo: dramoor © 2014 Church of Our Savior on Spilled Blood, St. Petersburg, Russia)

dramoor:

"Evil does not exist by nature, nor is any man naturally evil, for God made nothing that was not good.  When in the desire of his heart someone conceives and gives form to what in reality has no existence, then what he desires begins to exist.  We should therefore turn our attention away from the inclination to evil and concentrate it on the remembrance of God; for good, which exists by nature, is more powerful than our inclination to evil.  The one has existence while the other does not, except when we give it existence through our actions."

~St. Diadochus of Photiki

(Photo: dramoor © 2014 Church of Our Savior on Spilled Blood, St. Petersburg, Russia)

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Rejoice in the Lord always! Again I will say, rejoice! Let your kindness be known to all. The Lord is at hand! Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition with thanksgiving, let your requests be known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your thoughts in Christ Jesus.

Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are honorable, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are commendable, if there is any virtue or any praise, think about these things. What you learned, received, heard, and saw in me—practice these things, and the God of peace will be with you.

I know how to be humbled, and I also know also how to overflow. In everything and in all things I have learned the secret of being both filled and hungry, of being in abundance and in need. I can do all these things through Christ who strengthens me. However, it was a good thing that you shared in my affliction.

My God will supply all of your needs according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus. To our God and Father be the glory unto ages of ages! Amen.

— St. Paul to the Philippians 4:4-9, 12-14, 19-20 (thank you marie-madeleinehasablog)

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Physics and math taught me how perfect and precise God has created the world. History, sociology, and political science taught me how humans have destroyed it. 

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Confession (Long Post)

I’ve been having this lingering throughout the day.

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