Remember how the Lord your God led you all the way in the wilderness these forty years, to humble and test you in order to know what was in your heart, whether or not you would keep his commands. He humbled you, causing you to hunger and then feeding you with manna, which neither you […]Read more "To Humble and Test"
” . . . I have overcome the world.” Jn. 16:33 Sometime recently a thought struck me that I’ve never had before regarding Jesus’ words, “I have overcome the world.” It struck me that Jesus’ words applied to more than just his physical, literal conquering of the world’s powers. His words were true on another […]Read more "Overcome the World"
God from all eternity, did, by the most wise and holy counsel of His own will, freely, and unchangeably ordain whatsoever comes to pass; yet so, as thereby neither is God the author of sin, nor is violence offered to the will of the creatures; nor is the liberty or contingency of second causes taken away, but […]Read more "Confession and Mystery"
C.S. Lewis is my favorite author. He has played major role in my own theological, philosophical, and spiritual development. As I have read more and more Lewis, and more and more about Lewis, I learned of the man Lewis called his own spiritual “master.” His “master’s” name was George MacDonald. MacDonald was raised in a […]Read more "Discovering George MacDonald"
“And here, O Arseny, what is important is that the end of the world for each individual person will come within a few decades after birth – each gets however much time is allotted. (Ambrogio leaned toward the horses’ neck and exhaled into his mane.) The overall end of the world worries me, as you […]Read more "The End of the World"
Mystery makes the soul live by faith; for all the rest there is nothing but contradiction. The divine action by one and the same stroke kills and gives life; the more one feels the death to the senses and reason, the more convinced should one become that it gives life to the soul. The more […]Read more "Mystery: the Life of Faith"
I wrote a few days ago about salvation and “sola fide.” While on the subject of salvation, I want to suggest an idea I’ve been wrestling with for some time now concerning the possibility of universal reconciliation (though another post on just when after death this might happen may be warranted). This is not my announcement […]Read more "Time, Eternity, and Salvation"