Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Photo of the Week

Jesus calls us o'er the tumult
Of our life's wild, restless sea;
Day by day His sweet voice soundeth,
Saying, "Christian, follow me."

- Verse 1 of the hymn "Jesus Calls Us O'er the Tumult," by Cecil Frances Alexander, 1852

Monday, October 29, 2018

Quote of the Week

"Even those who have renounced Christianity and attack it, in their inmost being still follow the Christian ideal, for hitherto neither their subtlety nor the ardor of their hearts has been able to create a higher ideal of man and of virtue than the ideal given by Christ of old."

- Fyodor Dostoevsky, from The Brothers Karamazov

Saturday, October 27, 2018

Saturday Synaxis

May God in the plenitude of his love pour upon you the torrents of his grace, bless you and keep you in his holy fear, prepare you for a happy eternity, and receive you at last into immortal glory. Amen.

- Coventry Cathedral

Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Photo of the Week

Give to the winds your fears;
Hope, and be undismayed.
God hears your sighs and counts your tears;
God will lift up your head.

- Verse 1 of the hymn "Give to the Winds Thy Fears," by Paul Gerhardt, 1656

Monday, October 22, 2018

Quote of the Week

"Be great in little things."

- Francis Xavier, an early member of the Jesuits and a prominent 16th-century missionary

(Painting: "Francis Xavier," by Bartolome Esteban Murillo, c.1670)

Thursday, October 18, 2018

No New Posts This Weekend

There will be no new posts for the Thursday, Friday, and Saturday slots this week, as I am attending the state convention meeting for my denomination. Normal posts will resume Monday.

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Photo of the Week

O Cross that liftest up my head,
I dare not ask to fly from thee.
I lay in dust life's glory dead,
And from the ground there blossoms red
Life that shall endless be.

- Verse 4 of the hymn "O Love that Will Not Let Me Go," by George Matheson

Monday, October 15, 2018

Quote of the Week

"Thus receiving in a divine revelation the loveliest standard of truth [i.e., the Bible], let us preserve the treasures lying therein, adding nothing to it and in no way diminishing or distorting it. If we watch over the Scriptures we ourselves will be watched over by them, guarding them and being guarded."

- (Pseudo) Dionysius the Areopagite, a prominent writer and theologian from the period of the early church fathers

(Painting: "Dionysius the Areopagite Converting the Pagan Philosophers," by Antoine Caron, c.1570)

Saturday, October 13, 2018

Saturday Synaxis

I thank you, Lord, for all the sins which I have not done, because you restrained me. I thank you for the sorrow I have felt for all the sins I have done. I thank you for all the people I have met, both friends and enemies. And I pray for them all, that they may all be your friends.

- Margery Kempe (late 14th - early 15th century)

Tuesday, October 09, 2018

Photo of the Week

(Remnants of an old Crusader church at the Pool of Bethesda in Jerusalem)
The stone the builders rejected has become the cornerstone; 
The Lord has done this, and it is marvelous in our eyes.

- Psalm 118:22-23


Monday, October 08, 2018

Quote of the Week

"Be intent upon the perfection of the present day, and be assured that the best way of showing a true zeal is to make little things the occasions of great piety."

- William Law, A Serious Call to a Devout and Holy Life

(Painting: "Piety," by an anonymous British painter, c.1600)

Saturday, October 06, 2018

Saturday Synaxis

O God, teach me to seek you, and reveal yourself to me as I seek; for unless you instruct me I cannot seek you, and unless you reveal yourself I cannot find you. Let me seek you in desiring you; let me desire you in seeking you. Let me find you in loving you; let me love you in finding you.

- Anselm of Canterbury

Tuesday, October 02, 2018

Photo of the Week

(Greek Orthodox Church in Cana, Galilee)

“Come and dine,” the Master calleth, “Come and dine”;
You may feast at Jesus’ table all the time;
He who fed the multitude, turned the water into wine,
To the hungry calleth now, “Come and dine.”

- chorus of the hymn "Come and Dine," by Charles Widmeyer, 1907

Monday, October 01, 2018

Quote of the Week

"My work is loving the world...
Let me keep my mind on what matters,
Which is my work,
Which is mostly standing still
And learning to be astonished."

- Mary Oliver, from her poem "Messenger"

(Painting: "The Flowering Fruit-Tree," by Carl Fredrik Hill, 1877)