attention is the rarest and purest form of generosity

Simone Weil on her birthday. First, from Gravity and Grace (1947): Imaginary evil is romantic and varied; real evil is gloomy, monotonous, barren, boring. Imaginary good is boring; real good is always new, marvelous, intoxicating. …We have to try to cure our faults by attention and not by will. The will only controls a few […]

teaching long of rest and waiting

These are thoughts that I put down as I sat with my Grandma and other family members near the end of my Grandma’s life. She was in her own bedroom and surrounded by loved ones: My body holds me closer hourly It will have me know it fully before I’m fully known Jacob wrestled the […]

I certainly can’t conceive … any grosser abuse of language than to call a discussion a meditation

Delightful collection of “less commonly used quotes” from the letters of C.S. Lewis: Many men of our time have lost not only the supernatural light but also the natural light which pagans possess. I certainly can’t conceive any less suitable preparation for Holy Communion than a discussion or any grosser abuse of language than to […]

to look at it no one would know it had anything to do with fire, or light

It has seemed to me Sometimes as though the Lord breathes on this poor gray ember of Creation and it turns to radiance—for a moment or a year or the span of a life. And then it sinks back into itself again, and to look at it no one would know it had anything to […]

his feet moving to the long-ago memory of womb kicks

“The Man Who Was a Lamp” by John Shea: Legend says, the cave of Christmas where the child of light burns in the darkness is hidden in the center of the earth. Access is not easy. You cannot just amble to a mantle, note the craft of the crib child, and return to the party […]

taught by a Star

This sampling of ancient Christian hymns connected to Mary and the Nativity (and taken from Orthodox service books) represent a remarkable range of theological insights: From the most common megalynarion (used in the Divine Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom): It is truly meet to bless thee, O Theotokos, ever blessed and most blameless and the […]

you that love the feasts

Glorious Nicholas, the holy preacher of Christ, you are the great and fervent protector of those in danger, those on land and sea, far off or near; for you are a most compassionate and mighty intercessor. Therefore, as we assemble, we cry aloud:// “Pray to the Lord that we may be delivered from all danger!” […]