Category Archives: Spirituality

Not Returning Evil for Evil: Simone Weil’s Advice in Troubled Times

by John Stamps I’ve been thinking… In a world convulsed with horrific suffering, what can we do that won’t contribute to the sum total of misery and evil? We hunger and thirst for justice. But we also don’t want to … Continue reading

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Robert Buchanan and “The Ballad of Judas Iscariot”

By Addison Hodges Hart If there is a theme that is both central to Christian revelation and yet obscured by much that has for centuries passed for “sound” Christian theology, surely it is the idea—so evident in the teaching of … Continue reading

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“Everything that grace has ever taught one must be followed to the end of one’s life”

When we talk about existential knowledge of the Personal God, we have in mind community of being, not crude intellectual interpretation of the problem. Man-persona lives by God and in God. This reality can be expressed in another way—God takes possession … Continue reading

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“And there is no limit to the outpouring of the Father’s love: man becomes identical with God”

In our earthly existence, before we ‘taste of death’ [Matt. 16:28], our closest contact with the Divine occurs through the shining on us of the Uncreated Light. When this Light comes ‘in strength’ we cannot help recognising that it is … Continue reading

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“We are created by God ‘in His image’ for life ‘after His likeness’—that is, for our ultimate divinization”

‘Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage’ [Gal. 5:1]. The start of our life in the body, ‘formed … of the dust of the ground’ … Continue reading

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“When God draws us to Him, prayer of sorrowful repentance becomes all-devouring”

It is natural for us to be drawn to the Supreme Good but our progression must begin with a descent into the abyss of hell. St. Paul, having repented of his past, says of Christ: ‘Now that he ascended, what … Continue reading

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“The friendship of the ‘beyond, above’ with the ‘in the midst’ is at issue in turning to God and mysticism”

The pure trust, the true “yes” lies buried deep in the determinacies of finite life. It surfaces episodically through life, coming through and receding, on and off, visiting and gypsy, like a wayward love. One cannot just will it, though … Continue reading

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