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Our proper occupation is knowing and loving God

Our proper occupation is knowing and loving God, and, not least, delighting in such knowledge and love. We have been made in the image and likeness of God for the sake of this knowledge and love; and by means of them we are made new and formed again to God’s image and likeness: through understanding […]

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By love we make our journey

Eternal life is knowing the true God; the true way to it is to love with one’s whole heart. Love, then, is the way, truth the life; truth is the image, love the likeness; love is the price, truth is the prize; by love we make our journey, in truth we stand fast. Moreover, since […]

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God is the Reason

God is the meditation of my heart and my inheritance, that I await, long for and delight in. He is the objective I have set myself, the whole reason for my efforts. He, God himself, is the inheritance I plan to bring to a home of right-ordered love, that he may sup with me and […]

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Christ your only teacher

Let this man Christ be your one teacher, this man who is, for your sake, a scroll written on the inside of the page and on the outside. Read of this man by reading him, learn from him by learning him. Copy from this pattern the pattern both on the inside and on the outside […]

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God is my objective

God is the  meditation of my  heart and  my  inheritance, that I await, long for and  delight in. He is the objective I have set myself, the whole reason for my efforts. He, God himself, is the  inheritance I plan  to bring to a  home of right-ordered love, that  he may sup with me and […]

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Our proper occupation

Our proper occupation is knowing and loving God, and, not least, delighting in such knowledge and love. We have been made in the image and likeness of God for the sake of this knowledge and love; and by means of them we are made new and formed again to God’s image and likeness: through understanding […]

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Nothing that may be done for Christ’s sake must be despised

Let this be the model to which your lives conform: to be in thought and desire at home in the everlasting fatherland with Christ, and yet shirk no kind service that can be done for Christ’s sake during the toilsome journey through life; to be willing to follow Christ the Lord on his upward journey […]

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Why have sympathy for others, but none for yourself?

Now when a person comes to himself as did that young prodigal son, where does he find himself? Is it not in a far country, in the Land of Unlikeness, and in a strange land, where he sits down and weeps as he remembers his father and his home. And does he not find cause […]

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As Lent Begins…

Begin to recognize yourself, to love and possess yourself, to be kind to yourself, and you will be happy. If you desire to know yourself and to possess yourself, go into yourself, and do not search for yourself outside. Distinguish between what is around you, what belongs to you, and your self. The world surrounds […]

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You Yourself are Within

Begin to recognize yourself, to love and possess yourself, to be kind to yourself, and you will be happy. If you desire to know yourself and to possess yourself, go into yourself, and do not search for yourself outside. Distinguish between what is around you, what belongs to you, and your self. The world surrounds […]

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