And there is Mary, descending from heaven on her errands of mercy and listening to each one of us, as her miracles prove, or even just satisfying our prayers merely by her presence which calms our excitement as that of a mother calms her child. People who suffer beyond the formulas of expression want no display of emotion, no bleeding heart, no weeping at the foot of the cross, no hysterics, no phrases! They want to see God and to know that He is watching over them. And how many of these suppliants have lost children? How many of them have looked up to Mary in Her great Icon and has felt with certainty, as though they saw with their own eyes, there in heaven, their own lost baby playing with the Christ-child at the Virgin’s knee, as much at home with the Saints, and much more at home than the kings. Before rising from their knees in prayer, everyone one of these people will have bent down and kissed the floor with gratitude for Mary’s mercy. The earth, she says, is a sorry place, and even the best of it is bad enough.. but there above is Mary in heave who sees and hears us as we see Her, and who keeps the little ones till we come, so we can wait with patience, more or less! Saints and prophets are very well, and Christ is very sublime and just, but Mary knows! — Henry Adams [Mont Saint Michel and Charters]
God help me.

God help me.

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blessedharlot:

[PROLOGUE 

What Is a Monk? 

A monk is a man who has been called by the Holy Spirit to relinquish the cares, desires and ambitions of other men, and devote his entire life to seeking God. The concept is familiar. The reality which the concept signifies is a mystery. For in actual fact, no one on earth knows precisely what it means to “seek God” until he himself has set out to find Him. No man can tell another what this search means unless that other is enlightened, at the same time, by the Spirit speaking within his own heart. In the end, no one can seek God unless he has already begun to find Him. No one can find God without having first been found by Him. A monk is a man who seeks God because he has been found by God. 

In short, a monk is a “man of God.”]

Reading Thomas Merton’s “The Silent Life” and having an aha moment about my bizarre relationship to monasticism, because I read that first sentence and my visceral response is “Omg that’s me!”

Also wanted to share whole paragraph because hmmm.

blessedharlot:

[PROLOGUE

What Is a Monk?

A monk is a man who has been called by the Holy Spirit to relinquish the cares, desires and ambitions of other men, and devote his entire life to seeking God. The concept is familiar. The reality which the concept signifies is a mystery. For in actual fact, no one on earth knows precisely what it means to “seek God” until he himself has set out to find Him. No man can tell another what this search means unless that other is enlightened, at the same time, by the Spirit speaking within his own heart. In the end, no one can seek God unless he has already begun to find Him. No one can find God without having first been found by Him. A monk is a man who seeks God because he has been found by God.

In short, a monk is a “man of God.”]

Reading Thomas Merton’s “The Silent Life” and having an aha moment about my bizarre relationship to monasticism, because I read that first sentence and my visceral response is “Omg that’s me!”

Also wanted to share whole paragraph because hmmm.

asker

Anonymous asked: I've always heard the concept that "our identities are rooted in Christ," but does that cancel out the other things about us? Like gender, sexual orientation, ethnicity, etc.

diannaeanderson:

Ideally, identity in Christ shouldn’t cancel out anything. Having your identity in Christ doesn’t mean you stop existing as you - or it shouldn’t. Christ isn’t looking for assimilation. We are not robots created to fit some ideal that erases who we are as people. Identity in Christ should mean that we celebrate, grow, and accept who are as a person and embraces those identities which God created in us. We become more fully ourselves in God, not less human.

This is something American evangelical culture has wrong in a lot of ways - we see growing in Christ as giving up parts of ourselves “for the greater good” or whatever. And it does require sacrifice, but, I firmly believe, it doesn’t require sacrificing our identities and who we are as people. Indeed, a God that asks we change the core of who we are is a cruel God indeed.

Let all mortal flesh keep silence, and with fear and trembling stand;
Ponder nothing earthly minded, for with blessing is His hand
Christ our Lord to earth descendeth, our full homage to demand.

King of kings. yet born of Mary, as of old on earth he stood,
Lord of lords, in human vesture in the Body and the Blood
He will give to all the faithful His own self for heavenly food.

Rank on rank the hist of heaven spreads its vanguard on the way
As the light of light descendeth from the realms of endless day
That the pow’rs of hell may vanish as the darkness clears away.

At His feet the six winged seraph; cherubim with sleepless eye,
Veil their faves to the Presence, as with ceaseless voice they cry,
Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia, Lord most High. Amen. Amen.

— The Liturgy of Saint James (via musingsoflove)
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

theorthodoxbritreturns:

sagesse:

athenagracee:

"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.

‪#‎WeAreN‬

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.

^ shared for that last comment

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!’
— HH Pope Shenouda III of Alexandria (via theorthodoxbritreturns)
tifanmkreyol:

"Madonna and Child" by Haitian artist Ismael Saincilus

tifanmkreyol:

"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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