Grace; The Baggage Handler (Faith Friday)

(Little seen in April, 2009, this is a repost)I love this simple definition of grace from Dom Augustin Guillerand, O. Cart, a French Carthusian.This is the secret of peace, after committing a fault. What is past is past. And if we accept the consequences, while bracing our will, we can be sure that God will know how to draw glory even from our faults. Not to be downcast after committing a fault is one of the marks of true sanctity, for the saint knows how to find God in everything, … [Read more...]

Faith Friday Wise Desert Words II

PhotosourceAbba Lot visited Abba Joseph and summarized his religious life this way:"Abba, I recite the liturgy the best I can, sometimes I fast, I pray and meditate, I try to live peacefully with others, and I attempt to cleanse my thoughts. What more can I do?"The old man Joseph stood up, stretching his hands toward heaven. His fingers seemed to be ten lamps of fire. He said to Lot, "If you will, you can become all flame."Divided tongues of fire appeared among them, and a tongue … [Read more...]

Faith Friday Wise Desert Words I

Amma Theodora lists these qualities for a teacher: - Have no desire to dominate - Have no interest in vanity or pride - Never be distracted by flattery or gifts - Be in control of the stomach - Be slow to become angry - Be as patient, gentle and humble as possible - Be properly examined and without political ties - Be a lover of soulsYou, then, that teach others, will you not teach yourselves? - Romans, 2:21(Source, to come...) … [Read more...]