you had to trust sleep when it came

From Lila by Marilynne Robinson: “What?” he said. The worrying had worn him out. He gave a sermon once about the disciples sleeping at Gethsemane because they were weary with grief. Sleep is such a mercy, he said. It was a mercy even then. “I’ve just never had the care of a child.” “We’ll beContinue reading “you had to trust sleep when it came”

the great compassion that burns without measure in a heart that is in the likeness of God

What is a merciful heart? It is a heart on fire for the whole of creation, for humanity, for the birds, for the animals, for demons, and for all that exists. By the recollection of them the eyes of a merciful person pour forth tears in abundance. By the strong and vehement mercy that gripsContinue reading “the great compassion that burns without measure in a heart that is in the likeness of God”

Myrrh, Mercy and Oil: Deciding What to Do with It All

[Note: Quite a while after writing this, I posted a kind of followup to this post titled “Myrrh, Trust and Everyday Miracles.”] I don’t know what to do with two small zip-lock baggies of myrrh that my wife and I collected last Sunday (June 5, 2016) from a miraculous myrrh-streaming icon of the Theotokos inContinue reading “Myrrh, Mercy and Oil: Deciding What to Do with It All”