October 24th, 2005

HTOC

Monday Morning

This last weekend went by incredibly fast. I've been battling a cold and perhaps all the sleep that I indulged in was what whittled away my hours. Nonetheless, it was enjoyable and to be honest, I don't mind Mondays at all. Each new monday is a chance to geek around on the internet. Shh, don't tell anyone.

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The various books that I've been reading all came to an end in the last eight days. Here is a summary. Take notes.

Wendell Berry "Citizenship Papers"-Amazing and humbling. Poignant thoughts on the response to September 11th and the state of the economy and environment and on agrarian life and industrial capitalism.

Various Authors "The Art of Prayer: An Orthodox Anthology"-A powerful and challenging little collection of thoughts/instructions on prayer. Most of the content is taken from the writings of Theophan the Recluse, a 19th century Orthodox bishop turned monk. Thoughts on prayer, the remembrance of God and war with passions.

Various Authors "The Philosophical Imagination"-Your basic college textbook intro to philosophy. Covers metaphysics, epistemology, ethics, aesthetics, etc

Father Alexander Schmemann "For the Life of the World"-The best work on Sacraments that I've read. Schmemann comes from a uniquely, though not uncritical, Eastern Orthodox perspective and in doing so he speaks of life in such rich and beautiful ways. Exceptional.

So, if you are going to purchase any two, I'd suggest Wendell Berry and Father Schmemann's books.
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thoughts, etc, d

To love is to live. Without love we are dead. From the autumn beauty of a leaf to the laughter of a companion; these things must be experienced through and in love. For Christ has redeemed them all.
It is very hard to love. The old, sinful man within us is a dead, heavy and cold weight. It suffocates all our efforts. But every hint of love brings a hint of life. This is the life of the new, Spirit-filled man.

"For me, to live is Christ", said Saint Paul. What a claim!

True life is a life lived in the reality of the Kingdom. It is a life lived in recognition that Christ "makes all things new". It is living life as if our faith is actually true. But not only that it is true, but that it is the only reality.