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Saturday September 24

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[B]ut obeying the commandments of God is everything. Let each of you remain in the condition in which you were called. Were you a slave when called? Do not be concerned about it. Even if you can gain your freedom, make use of your present condition now more than ever. For whoever was called…(Read More)

The Reward

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“Just do my will; it is enough.” And to this I would always reply in a very down-to-earth way: “It’s easy for you to say! I just can’t do it. It’s not enough for me. I need a reward. If it’s not people’s good thoughts, if it’s…(Read More)

Lift Up Your Hearts

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“The next exclamation of the celebrant, ‘let us lift up our hearts,’ we find in no other service–it belongs exclusively to the divine liturgy [i.e., the Holy Eucharist]. For this exclamation is not simply a call to a certain lofty disposition…it is an affirmation that the eucharist is accomplished not on earth…(Read More)

Raising the Bar

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Jesus invites us to look at our hearts, and be disarmed. Whenever we look at another person with lust, we realize that our thoughts are God’s possession. We drag God into our own adultery. Nevertheless, God does not reject or abandon us. God loves us even as we foul God…(Read More)

Edward Bouverie Pusey

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Readings for the Feast of Edward Bouverie Pusey, September 18: Psalm 106:1-5 Ezekiel 36:24-28 1 Peter 2:19-23 Luke 3:10-14 Several of us in the Episcopal Church self-identify as “Anglo-Catholic” and are not a bit embarrassed to admit that we are drawn to the bright shiny…(Read More)

Hildegard of Bingen

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Yonder is the sea, great and wide, creeping things innumerable are there, living things both small and great.There go the ships, and Leviathan that you formed to sport in it.These all look to you to give them their food in due season;When you give to them, they gather it up;when you…(Read More)

An Old Aphorism

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There is an old saying that I have ambivalent feelings about: “Pray as though everything depended on God. Work as though everything depended on you…(Read More)

Grace is free

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“The horos–the standard or definition–of Christian life is ‘the imitation of Christ according to the extent [or ‘measure’] of His incarnation’ (Longer Rules XLIII). Basil comes back repeatedly to this theme: Christ is the servant of all in his earthly life and nothing less is demanded of us. In a short treatise ‘On…(Read More)

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