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“Human sin made the road rough but Christ’s resurrection leveled it; by passing over it himself he transformed the narrowest of tracks into a royal highway”

When the Lord tells us in the Gospel that anyone who wants to be his follower must renounce himself, the injunction seems harsh; we think he is imposing a burden on us. But an order is no burden when it … Continue reading

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“The love that brought forth the existence of all things, changes not through the fall of its creatures, but is continually at work, to bring back all fallen nature and creature to their first state of goodness”

Love, goodness, and communication of good, is the immutable glory and perfection of the divine nature, and nothing can have union with God, but that which partakes of this goodness. The love that brought forth the existence of all things, … Continue reading

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“His flesh, therefore, is glorified at the very moment when it comes from non-being into being; the glory of his Godhead becomes also the glory of his body”

Come, then: let us trust the prophet David, and “Let us sing, sing to our God, sing to our king, sing that God rules over all the earth—let us sing with understanding!” Let us sing with joyful lips, let us … Continue reading

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“The ineffable act of divinization: the union and identity, in one real individual, of the elements that have come together, which we know has happened in a supernatural way from the very deepest structure of the Mystery”

All of you who, by taking off the cloak of irrationality because of the Word’s self-emptying, have raised up your minds from the earth and learned to think “the things that are above,” come now—if you trust me—as I spread … Continue reading

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The Prayer of St Aidan

Leave me alone with God as much as may be. As the tide draws the waters close in upon the shore, Make me an island, set apart, alone with you, God, holy to you. Then with the turning of the … Continue reading

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“For when he was transfigured on the mountain, the Lord Christ showed in some small way to his disciples the glory of his invisible divine kingship”

I did not deceive you, then, Peter, when I said, “I am the light” and “the resurrection and the life.” Since I am light, Peter, I must “shine on those in darkness.” What kind of light does not put darkness … Continue reading

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“If we are to think of God most loftily and most lovingly, faith tells us that God totally communicates himself by eternally having a beloved and another who is loved by both”

Since faith is the source of our worship of God and the foundation of that doctrine which is according to piety, it dictates that we should conceive of God in the most elevated and most loving manner. Now our thought … Continue reading

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“As once he had gazed on the bush, speechless and entranced by the Lord’s presence, so now Moses gazed again on a bush, living and green in the analogous fire of God’s presence in ensouled flesh”

Peter, the rock of faith, speaks to Christ, the rock, on this rocky mountaintop. Along with the chief spokesmen of the New Covenant, Moses was also there, that divine steward of the Mysteries, who articulated the Old Law; along with … Continue reading

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