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The Presence of God

February 19, 2020

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The chief resource of our perfection is the personal presence of God, of which God said long ago to Abraham, “Walk in my presence, and you will be perfect.” The presence of God calms the mind and gives peaceful sleep and rest, even during the day amid all our work, but we must be God’s […]

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Faults and Temptations

February 12, 2020

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You understand that many faults are voluntary in different degrees, even though they are not committed with a deliberate intention of failing God. For example, one might reproach their friend for a fault which this friend has demonstrated expressly to shock him, but into which he let himself be drawn, even though he knew it […]

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Mortification and Recollection

February 5, 2020

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We do not always need to follow the spirit of mortification and recollection, which tends to withdraw us from social relationships, and we do not always need to pursue our zeal to lead others to God. Then what do we need? We need to divide ourselves between these two duties, so as not to neglect […]

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Crosses

January 29, 2020

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God is ingenious in making us crosses. He makes them of iron and of lead, which are heavy in themselves. He makes them of straw which seems to weigh nothing, and which are less difficult to carry. He makes them of gold and of precious stones, which dazzle the spectators and excite the envy of […]

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Resignation

January 24, 2020

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Golden chains are no less chains, than are chains of iron. A person may be exposed to envy and deserves to be pitied for it. Your captivity is in no way preferable to that of a person held unjustly in prison. The one thing, which should give you real consolation, is that it is God […]

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Recreation

January 18, 2020

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You should not feel troubled, it seems to me, about the diversions in which you cannot avoid taking part. Many people want to make the worst of everything, and who are upset continually, increasing their loathing of the amusements which they have to endure. For myself, I confess that I could not agree with this […]

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The Use of Time

January 16, 2020

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Christian Perfection Topics Christian Perfection is the collection of short letters or essays written by Francois de Salignac de La Mothe Fénelon (6 August 1651 to 28 March 1720), better known as François Fénelon.In my opinion, these letters are some of the most helpful Christian writings that I have ever read concerning the way of […]

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God is Good, so why injustice in the world?

December 21, 2019

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1 John 4:16 God is love (NIV84) The bible tells us that God is love, not that he loves, but that he IS love. Dogs are like people, and cats less so. Alligators are unfriendly, and I wouldn’t want to find a hungry tiger in the house and forget about the ugly spiders ;-). These […]

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The Gospel of John 1:1-18

August 24, 2019

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John 1:1–2 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was with God in the beginning. (NIV84) God is love and all goodness. The person that longs for love and goodness may seek it within but then discover only emptiness. That person is seeking […]

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What Are Human Beings?

August 4, 2019

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Human Beings, in general, are so wrapped up with their animal bodies that they can’t see the spiritual person within. “You can’t see the forest for the trees.” Evidence of the spiritual person within is everywhere if you really stop and ponder it. Humans are so much more than any of man’s close animal relatives. […]

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