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Our actions give it existence…

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“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… Read more »

To be loved, or to be free…

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But I, miserable young man…

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But I, miserable young man, supremely miserable even in the very outset of my youth, had entreated chastity of You, and said, Grant me chastity and continence, but not yet. For I was afraid lest You should hear me soon, and soon deliver me from the disease of concupiscence, which I desired to have satisfied rather than extinguished. ~ Saint… Read more »

Keeping watch for the Enemy…

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There are certain sins that have become habitual, and behavior that we would like to change, but seem to repeat, even against our will. Saint Isaac the Syrian suggested that we confront these struggles head on. “If you bear your weakness constantly in mind, you will not overstep the bounds of caution.” Part of the problem is that we allow… Read more »

To know what love really is…

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“Until we have seen someone’s darkness, we don’t really know who they are.  Until we have forgiven someone’s darkness, we don’t really know what love is.” ~ Marianne Williamson

Get to work now; favorable conditions never come

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We are always falling in love or quarreling, looking for jobs or fearing to lose them, getting ill and recovering, following public affairs. If we let ourselves, we shall always be waiting for some distraction or other to end before we can really get down to our work. The only people who achieve much are those who want knowledge so… Read more »

God’s love like the sunrise…

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“I like to compare God’s love to the sunrise. That sun shows up every morning, no matter how bad you’ve been the night before. It shines without judgment. It never withholds. It warms the sinners, the saints, the druggies, the cheerleaders—the saved and the heathens alike. You can hide from the sun, but it won’t take that personally. It’ll never,… Read more »

This is why we turn away…

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You cannot be too gentle, too kind. Shun even to appear harsh in your treatment of each other. Joy, radiant joy, streams from the face of him who gives and kindles joy in the heart of him who receives. All condemnation is from the devil. Never condemn each other. We condemn others only because we shun knowing ourselves. When we… Read more »

Although unreal, they are not untrue

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“The child intuitively comprehends that although these stories are unreal, they are not untrue …” ― Bruno Bettelheim, The Uses of Enchantment: The Meaning and Importance of Fairy Tales Please read to your children.  And Children, read to your parents.  Husbands, read to your wives; and wives, read to your husbands.  Pick up and read.  There is much to learn.

Growth is not a straight road…

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“Growth is not a steady, forward, upward progression. It is indeed a switchback trail: three steps forward, two back, one around the bushes, and a few simply standing, before another forward leap.” ~ Dorothy Corkville Briggs This quote can be applied to so many different types of “progression” (or areas where we are trying to see progression in our lives).  … Read more »