Patience and Persecution

Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. – Matthew 11:29   In my early twenties, I’d get real prickly about anything that smelled of chauvinism. I believed passionately my will, my voice and my vision were no one else’s to silence. I knew, as a Christian, the meek were considered blessed, but I struggled to…

One Firm and Unquestionable Thing

  This necessity of choice always stands before each man: the warmth and coziness of this earthly home, well-protected from wind and storms, or the endless space of eternity, in which there is only one firm and unquestionable thing, and this firm and unquestionable thing is the cross. – Mother Maria Skobtsova It happens incrementally, me being lulled back into the stupefying slumber of earthly satiation. Days, months pass by free of…

Remember Me, O Lord, in Thy Kingdom!

Then Christ will say to us, ‘Come you also! Come you drunkards! Come you weaklings! Come you depraved!’ And he will say to us, ‘Vile creatures, you in the image of the beast and you who bear his mark. All the same, you come too!’ And the wise and prudent will say, ‘Lord, why are you welcoming them? And he will say, ‘O wise and prudent, I am welcoming them because not…

Arising from Sleep

And do this, understanding the present time: The hour has already come for you to wake up from your slumber, because our salvation is nearer now than when we first believed. The night is nearly over; the day is almost here. So let us put aside the deeds of darkness and put on the armor of light. –Romans 13:11-12 At 4:00 am thoughts of Christians in Iraq being slaughtered disrupt my sleep. The…