Why it’s good to remember our sins

Remembering our Sins

Over the course of several books, crime novelist Philip Davison gave life to his character Harry Fielding, an operative in British intelligence tasked with undesirable jobs. A small train of colorful characters orbit through Harry's universe, including his flamboyant aunt Kate. At one point in the final Fielding outing, A Burnable Town, Kate wants her nephew to go to church. "Oh God," Harry exclaims. "I don't have to contemplate my sin, do I, Kate?" She answered with "a very … [Read more...]

When our kids hurt and offend us

I came across this quote from Elder Thaddeus of Vitovnica's wonderful book Our Thoughts Determine Our Lives. I couldn't stop thinking about how it applies to my relationship with my kids. As soon as our mood changes, we no longer speak kindly to our fellow men, but instead we answer them sharply. We only make things worse by doing this. When we are dissatisfied, the whole atmosphere between us becomes sour, and we start to offend one another. No matter what people do or say to us, we must … [Read more...]

Patched, not discarded

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A soldier came upon a monk and asked him if a repentant man would be received by God. He was worried that God might reject him. "Would you discard your coat if it were torn?" asked the monk. "No," said the man, perhaps at that moment grasping the garment. "I'd patch it and keep wearing it." "If you would take such care of your coat," said the monk, "won't God show even greater care for his own image, which you are?" How often are we the soldier, sincere but afraid that God will … [Read more...]


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