Making good things more precious still

I've heard that Saint Augustine told a story of a new bride on the morning after her wedding. With the groom lying beside her, she awakes in love, enthralled. But not with the groom. Instead, the morning after her wedding, she falls helplessly in love not with the man but with his most expensive gift.... Continue Reading →

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seeing at their feet the Deity made weak

Augustine, Confessions: "For Thy Word, the eternal Truth, far exalted above even the higher parts of Thy creation, lifts his subjects up toward himself. But in this lower world, he built for himself a humble habitation of our own clay, so that he might pull down from themselves and win over to himself those whom... Continue Reading →

when God says “no”

In reading recently, struck with two prayers to which God said "no". I Kings 19:4: "He (Elijah) came to a broom tree, sat down under it and prayed that he might die. 'I have had enough, LORD,' he said. 'Take my life; I am no better than my ancestors.'" God's answer to Elijah's prayer? A... Continue Reading →

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