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Four Hundred Texts on Love (Fourth Century) 11

36. Sufferings freely embraced and those that come unsought drive out pleasure and allay its impetus. But they do not destroy the capacity for pleasure which resides in human nature like a natural law. For the cultivation of virtue produces dispassion in one’s will but not in one’s nature. But when dispassion has been attained […]

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The Didache 34 – Watch For Your Life’s Sake

This series is reflecting on the Didache if you want to read it separately. Today we reach the end of the Teaching and the conclusion of this series. Watch for your life’s sake. Let not your lamps be quenched, nor your loins unloosed; but be ready, for you know not the hour in which our […]

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The Didache 24 – Pray This Way

This series is reflecting on the Didache if you want to read it separately. Do not pray like the hypocrites, but rather as the Lord commanded in His Gospel, like this: Our Father who art in heaven, hallowed be Thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done on earth, as it is in heaven. […]

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The Didache 23 – Fasting

This series is reflecting on the Didache if you want to read it separately. But let not your fasts be with the hypocrites, for they fast on the second and fifth day of the week. Rather, fast on the fourth day and the Preparation (Friday). The “hypocrites” in this context would be those Jews who […]

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The Didache 22 – Baptize This Way

This series is reflecting on the Didache if you want to read it separately. And concerning baptism, baptize this way: Having first said all these things, baptize into the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, in living water. But if you have no living water, baptize into other […]

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The Didache 21 – Do What You Are Able

This series is reflecting on the Didache if you want to read it separately. For if you are able to bear the entire yoke of the Lord, you will be perfect; but if you are not able to do this, do what you are able. And concerning food, bear what you are able; but against […]

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And If I Don’t Heal?

I prefer the best and most accurate information I can obtain. At all levels and circles of my life I try to interact with reality as it is rather than as I desire it to be. That does not mean that my understanding of reality does not adapt or evolve. It is constantly doing both […]

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The Didache 5 – Abstain from Worldly Lusts

This series is reflecting on the Didache if you want to read it separately. Abstain from fleshly and worldly lusts. This line has always confused me since it’s dropped in the middle of the section on the way of life and does not seem to relate to either what came before or what follows. It […]

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The Didache 3 – Fast for Those Who Persecute You

This series is reflecting on the Didache if you want to read it separately. And of these sayings the teaching is this: Bless those who curse you, and pray for your enemies, and fast for those who persecute you. What does it mean to love the other? We find the injunction to bless those who […]

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The Didache – Series Intro

I’ve mentioned the Didache: The Lord’s Teaching Through the Twelve Apostles to the Nations a number of times in past posts and even reflected on its rules on fasting in my series, Not the Fast I’ve Chosen. It’s one of the earliest, if not the earliest, surviving written Christian writings other than those writings which […]

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