Category Archives: Purification

A Body of Broken Bones

YOU AND I and all men were made to find our identity in the One Mystical Christ, in Whom we all complete one another “unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the age of the fulness of Christ.” When … Continue reading

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What use is spiritual pain?

There’s a t-shirt that you see on athletes, particularly runners, that says on the back: Pain is just weakness leaving the body. What if that was essentially true of spiritual pain? Spiritual pain is just our bondage to selfishness leaving … Continue reading

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It will be amazingly beautiful

In this moment of pain the Lord said to me, “The wonderful end to your story is visible and present to me. I see the whole thing and it’s beautiful. You are not yet in a position to see it. … Continue reading

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The fires of Hell are the fires of God

The fires of Hell are the fires of God to those who never made the journey that results in becoming on fire. When God’s full glory is revealed, if we are not yet on fire, it will be too late … Continue reading

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Unpacking the parable of the sower

The parable of the sower is much denser than it appears. It is a treatise of sorts on the spiritual life. The main variable obviously is the soil itself. In the first instance we have seed scattered onto a footpath. … Continue reading

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Why it is crucially important to be keenly aware that you are a sinner

If you are not thoroughly aware of your sinfulness and do not identify yourself as a sinner, you place yourself in a condition of moral hazard. The reason? When somebody sins against you, you will unknowingly behave in such a … Continue reading

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God, the merciful alchemist

God is said to draw good out of evil, but it can be hard to see beneath the surface of such a statement without illustrations of just what is meant by this assertion. God takes those things in our lives … Continue reading

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