"To struggle, yes, to continue to fight, to inflict blows and receive setbacks is in your power [when engaged in spiritual combat against your sins]. To uproot, however, belongs to God alone. If you could have done it on your own, what would have been the need for the coming of the Lord?"
- Pseudo-Macarius, 4th-century monastic writer, from his Fifty Spiritual Homilies (3:4)
Note to My Readers: from mid-June to mid-August (6/18 - 8/20), I will be taking a summer break from posting new articles for my Thursday and Friday slots. This will only affect my Thursday series on the global growth of Christianity, and my Friday series, the "Theological Bestiary" of birds, both of which will resume in late August. During the summer, I'll be dusting off some of my best essays from the first few years of this blog (a decade ago), as well as my verse play "Thus Ends the World," and re-posting them in the Thursday and Friday slots. All other weekdays will continue to feature new material throughout the summer.