repost : The Elevation of the Cross : Leaven and Life

repost : The Elevation of the Cross : Leaven and Life

  Prayer is by nature a dialog and a union of man with God. Its effect is to hold the world together. It achieves a reconciliation with God. . . . It is an expiation of sin, a bridge across temptation, a bulwark against affliction. . . . Prayer is future gladness, action without end, wellspring of virtues, source of grace, hidden progress, food for the soul, enlightenment of the mind, an axe against despair, hope demonstrated, sorrow done...

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potato galette

potato galette

He became man and lived in this world. He ate and drank, and this means that the world of which he partook, the very food of our world became His body, His life. But His life was totally, absolutely eucharistic—all of it was transformed into communion with God and all of it ascended into heaven. And now He shares this glorified life with us. “What I have done alone—I give it now to you: take, eat.…” ~ Alexander Schmemann If one intends to raise...

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a new year of grace

a new year of grace

The mystery of liturgical time… In God, there is but one moment, in which everything is included.  The fullness of the liturgical year does not consist of the commemorative cycle of Christ’s life being resolved or completed, for the completion of a series implies that there is a series, a succession of disjointed elements.  The fullness of the liturgical year has to be thought of qualitatively and not quantitatively:  it is achieved...

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