the ways in which they unsettle us

One could dare say that a man’s friends do more harm to his soul than his enemies. The Lord Himself said, ‘A man’s foes, shall be they of his own household’ (Matthew 10:36; Micah 7:6). Those who live under the same roof with us, and who are so concerned for our bodily needs and comfort,Continue reading “the ways in which they unsettle us”

finding contrition of heart and poverty in spirit

From the Canon of St. Andrew of Crete (d. 740 or 720): My own thoughts like thieves have attacked me, wounding me and covering me with sores. Come now, O Christ my Saviour, to heal me. A priest was the first to see me naked and in dreadful condition, but he passed by on theContinue reading “finding contrition of heart and poverty in spirit”

educating the soul to conform it to reality

Classically, among the great Western philosophers and theologians, happiness denoted the state of the genuine fulfillment of human nature that resulted from being properly related as a person to the truth of reality. Educating the soul to conform it to reality, rather than conforming reality to the dictates of the individual soul, was the secret to the happy life.Continue reading “educating the soul to conform it to reality”