My brethren, do all that is in your power not to fall, for the strong athlete should not fall, but, if you do fall, get up again at once, and continue the contest. Even if you fall a thousand times, because of the withdrawal of God’s grace, rise up again at each time, and keep on doing so until the day of your death. For it is written: ‘If a righteous man falls seven times,’ that is, repeatedly throughout his life, ‘seven times shall he rise again’ [Proverbs 24:16]. — St. John of Karpathos, from the collection of letters to monks in India




"Revival is preceded by prayer, birthed through intercession, and sustained by fervent, persevering prayer. Prayer is the central living element to every spiritual awakening and every moving of the Holy Spirit.’

{F. Damazio}   

Today history was made as countless Christians prayed throughout the world for Iraq on the International Day Of Prayer run by Open Doors, where we stood up and said We Are N.

'Tonight, we were writing the history of our faith. Tonight, we wrote into the history of the Church in Iraq through our prayers.' Mike Gore

There is a future for the Church and the spread of the gospel in Iraq.

He’s building His Church.


I hope by “spread of the gospel in Iraq” you mean “maintenance of historic/native Mesopotamian Christianity that already has a 2000 year old history” otherwise we’re going to have a problem.

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If you sin, do not flee from God, but stand before Him and tell Him frankly of your embarrassment and shame, and tell Him that you are afraid. Be like the tax collector who was disturbed by his sins, yet did not flee, but came with all his sins to God and stood before Him in fear and embarrassment, unable to lift up his eyes, he stood afar beating his breast and cried out to God saying, ‘God have
mercy on me, a sinner!’
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"Madonna and Child" by Haitian artist Ismael Saincilus


"Madonna and Child" by Haitian artist Ismael Saincilus

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One of my favorite icons of St. Mary with the Christ as  achild

One of my favorite icons of St. Mary with the Christ as achild

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Anonymous asked: do u have a favorite quran verse?


Hmm…keep in mind that I’m not Muslim and it’s been a good while since I read the Quran, and that I read it from a Christian perspective…

There are so many good ones, but the one that remember fondly is 19:96 “Verily those who believe and do good things, the Most Merciful will give them love.”

It is very similar to my favorite Biblical verse, 1 John 4:16 “God is Love, and he who abides in love abides in God, and God abides in him.”

The fourth-century Cappadocian Fathers tried to communicate this notion of life as mutual participation by calling the Trinitarian flow a “circle dance” (perichoresis) between the three. They were saying that whatever is going on in God is a flow that’s like a dance; and God is not just the dancer, God is the dance itself! The Incarnation is a movement—Jesus comes forth from the Father and the Holy Spirit to take us back with him into this eternal embrace, from which we first came (John 14:3). We are invited to join in the dance and have participatory knowledge of God through the Trinity.

Richard Rohr – The Trinity as a Circle Dance


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Archangel Michael and Archangel Gabriel


Archangel Michael and Archangel Gabriel

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