pervading the air we shared together

Catching up on a few passages that I wanted to record from Great Expectations by Charles Dickens: Looking towards the open window, I saw light wreaths from Joe’s pipe floating there, and I fancied it was like a blessing from Joe,—not obtruded on me or paraded before me, but pervading the air we shared together.Continue reading “pervading the air we shared together”

on this day spring is fragrant

“On this day spring is fragrant; the new creation dances now.” O Thomas, thou hast searched out * My wounded limbs with thine own hand; * doubt not of Me Who was wounded * for thee, but have a single mind * with the disciples, and preach Me, * the Living God, to all mankind.Continue reading “on this day spring is fragrant”

keeping Sabbath in the body by means of the mystery of the dispensation taking effect in death

The great Moses foreshadowed this day mystically by his saying, “And God blessed the seventh day”; for this is the day of quiet and rest, on which the only Son of God rested from all his Works, keeping Sabbath in the body, by means of the mystery of the dispensation taking effect in death, returningContinue reading “keeping Sabbath in the body by means of the mystery of the dispensation taking effect in death”

Obtain the Lord as a friend

O Bridegroom, brilliant in Thy beauty above all mankind, Who didst call us to the spiritual banquet of Thy chamber, cast away from me the likeness of rags of iniquity by participation in Thy Passion, and adorn me with the robe of Thy beauty. Distinguish me as a brilliant guest in Thy kingdom; for ThouContinue reading “Obtain the Lord as a friend”

though bodily Joseph was indeed a slave

Let our tears flow with those of Jacob, who weeps for his celebrated and sober-minded son; for though bodily Joseph was indeed a slave, he preserved the freedom of his soul and was lord over all Egypt. For God prepares for His servants an incorruptible crown. Bridegroom Matins (Great and Holy Monday)

matter becomes again means of communion with and knowledge of God

On the other hand, the same act of blessing may mean the revelation of the true “nature” and “destiny” of water, and thus of the world—it may be the epiphany and the fulfillment of their “sacramentality.” By being restored through the blessing to its proper function, the “holy water” is revealed as the true, full,Continue reading “matter becomes again means of communion with and knowledge of God”

love has ever in view the absolute loveliness of that which it beholds

Nothing is inexorable but love. Love which will yield to prayer is imperfect and poor. Nor is it then the love that yields, but its alloy. …For love loves unto purity. Love has ever in view the absolute loveliness of that which it beholds. Where loveliness is incomplete, and love cannot love its fill ofContinue reading “love has ever in view the absolute loveliness of that which it beholds”

A List of Online Articles (and a Reading List) by David Bentley Hart

A few folks have asked me for this list from time to time, so I plan to start maintaining it publicly. Here is a list of online articles by David Bentley Hart going back in time (with his exchange with N.T. Wright separated below): “Three Cheers for Socialism: Christian Love & Political Practice” in CommonwealContinue reading “A List of Online Articles (and a Reading List) by David Bentley Hart”

things seen clearly …freed …from possessiveness

Recovery (which includes return and renewal of health) is a regaining—regaining of a clear view. I do not say “seeing things as they are” and involve myself with the philosophers, though I might venture to say “seeing things as we are (or were) meant to see them” —as things apart from ourselves. We need, inContinue reading “things seen clearly …freed …from possessiveness”

God to whom we pray is nearer to us than the very prayer itself

The God to whom we pray is nearer to us than the very prayer itself ere it leaves the heart. George MacDonald in Paul Faber, Surgeon, chapter 35, “A Heart.” You were more inward to me than my most inward part and higher than my highest. Augustine in Confessions (3.6.11), in Latin “interior intimo meoContinue reading “God to whom we pray is nearer to us than the very prayer itself”