The classical exercises of the spirit are ways that athletes of Christ have actually taken up their cross.
God doesn't expect us to be flawless, He expects us to flourish.
Every profession or artform or craft involves good pain as a key ingredient to the maturation process.
This is what we have to remember about mortification. Pain, crucifixion, and death are vehicles to a new kind of life, resurrection life.
Are we not willing to surrender and follow Him, like Simon and Andrew, to rearrange our life around Him?
Those of us who’ve had dramatic experiences of rebirth must remember that our awakening experience is a continuous, unfolding of more and more light, more and more goodness, more and more transformation.
Have we awakened to the Creator’s unyielding love, surrendered with a kind of desperate joy, given our lives over to it?
What we often fail to recognize is that not only are we unconditionally loved but God’s conditioning us for love, to become love.
Over a lifetime we’re given opportunities to relinquish the life we’re living, moments that are especially poignant and pregnant with light.
Jesus' request split Simon and Andrew's life in two: “Follow Me and I will make you become fishers of men.”
The story of the human race is the ongoing desecration of that divine image within, which has resulted in our lost likeness.
Spiritual athletes must learn to build solitude into their schedules.
What I've found in the lives of Ancient Christians is a kind of map – a map of spiritual country.
Virtues are like flowers planted in our garden, vices are like invading weeds.
It's crucial that we recover and understand the eight vices because they put a name on what enslaves us, offering us a glimpse of what must be mortified.
The vices have come to take root inside of us with tiny twistings and miniature choices.
The more we choose to act on envy, the more envious we become and the less likely we'll ever experience the true fulfillment of our God given desire for worth and honor.
You were made in the image of God. And before time, you were burning in His imagination.
The real miracle of the Incarnation is the haunting fact that a God with unlimited power chose to limit himself.
The vices are habits of a broken soul, we experience them in everyday life as the common forms of egotism, the habits that rule the self-centered person.
Over ninety percent of Jesus’ life is hidden in history.
Brother Lawrence was a mustard seed man, a simple cook who trained for years to hold God in his mind.
For three decades, God grew - unhurried and unnoticed. Patiently waiting to unveil His life to the world.
I’m grateful for nature, for the way it makes me stop. The way it gets my attention and says look.
For much of my life I've been trying to get in on the how of things.
When we become a Christian, we begin as fragile glimpses of Christ.
For we must never forget that at the center of the Universe is a great Heart.
All great lives, like great art, flourish inside form.
Fasting renovates our habit of consuming by releasing the grip of gluttony and strengthening the virtue of temperance.
Mortification is a series of transactions we make all our life, it's a cycle of successive and small surrenders.