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Speaking to the Soul: thorns and thistles

Speaking to the Soul: thorns and thistles

“Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing but  
inwardly are ravenous wolves. You will know them by their fruits. Are  
grapes gathered from thorns, or figs from thistles? Matthew 7:15-16

Stabbed by thorns
and choking on thistles
A sign that a place
will not be safe
for souls and hearts and minds.



The Rev. Ann Fontaine is the priest associate at St Catherine of Alexandria Episcopal Church, Nehalem/Manzanita on the Oregon Coast. Her book of reflections on scripture following the Daily Office is Streams of Mercy: a meditative commentary on the Bible.



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