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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sprouts and cukes

sprouts and cukes

“God, Who is by nature good and dispassionate, loves all men equally as His handiwork. But He glorifies the virtuous man because in his will he is united to God. At the same time, in His goodness he is merciful to the sinner and by chastising him in this life brings him back to the path of virtue. Similarly, a man of good and dispassionate judgment also loves all men equally. He loves the virtuous man because of his nature and the probity...

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simplest tomato salad

simplest tomato salad

  Our first and most important spiritual task is to claim God’s unconditional love for ourselves. To remember who we truly are in the memory of God. Whether we feel it or not, whether we comprehend it or not, we can have spiritual knowledge in the heart— a deep assurance that passes understanding— that we are God’s beloved. Henri Nouwen It’s the ripe, plump tomatoes which blanket the farmer’s markets and neighbors gardens that...

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garden beet salad

garden beet salad

  Do not say “this happened by chance, while this came to be of itself.”  In all that exists there is nothing disorderly, nothing, indefinite, nothing without purpose, nothing by chance…. How many hairs are on your head?  God will not forget one of them.  Do you see how nothing, even the smallest thing, escapes the gaze of God? ~Saint Basil the Great   During the summer, we crave salads.  They are a nice cool...

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