Holiness Is Devotion

"What then is God's holiness?  What do we mean when we say 'Holy Father' and 'Holy Son' and 'Holy Spirit' and 'Holy Trinity? "We mean the perfectly pure devotion of each of these three persons to the other two.  We mean the attribute in the Trinity that corresponds to the ancient words that describe marriage: 'forsaking all …

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Look Only to Christ

“It is ever the Holy Spirit’s work to turn our eyes away from self to Jesus; but Satan’s work is just the opposite of this, for he is constantly trying to make us regard ourselves instead of Christ.  He insinuates, ‘Your sins are too great for pardon; you have no faith; you do not repent …

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Love and Plums

"In her memoir Cherry, Mary Karr recounts [a suicide attempt].  When she was fourteen years old, while her parents were out of the house, a miserable Mary tried to do herself in by swallowing a handful of pills.  She was unsuccessful and wound up sick.  When her mother and father returned home, they tenderly nursed her, …

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