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Why Do We Pray? 3 – To Change Ourselves?

I want to make a distinction on this point. It’s true that devoting ourselves to a rule of prayer will almost certainly change us. Even the act of making space in our lives for such a rule of necessity alters the rhythm of our days. On the other hand, I’m not willing to say that’s […]

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Four Hundred Texts on Love 22

79.  Almsgiving heals the soul’s incensive power; fasting withers sensual desire; prayer purifies the intellect and prepares it for the contemplation of created beings. For the Lord has given us commandments which correspond to the powers of the soul. This text is interesting to me on several levels. For those who don’t often engage with […]

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Four Hundred Texts on Love 6

23.  He who loves God will certainly love his neighbor as well. Such a person cannot hoard money, but distributes it in a way befitting God, being generous to everyone in need. 24.  He who gives alms in imitation of God does not discriminate between the wicked and the virtuous, the just and the unjust, […]

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The Didache 33 – Reprove One Another In Peace

This series is reflecting on the Didache if you want to read it separately. And reprove one another, not in anger, but in peace, as you have it in the Gospel. But to anyone that acts amiss against another, let no one speak, nor let him hear anything from you until he repents. But your […]

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The Didache 9 – Sweaty Alms

This series is reflecting on the Didache if you want to read it separately. And also concerning this, it has been said, Let your alms sweat in your hands, until you know to whom you should give. Do you have the money for your alms identified? Does it “sweat” while you wait for the Spirit […]

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Not the Fast I’ve Chosen – Part 5

As my efforts to understand this Christian faith within which I found myself continued, I kept reading both the Holy Scriptures and patristic writings from the first millenium. Nowhere could I find a change from the core communal practices of fasting, set prayer, and care for the sick and poor (at the very least through […]

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