Give Me Death… Or Something Like It.

Life should be lived in preparation for death. The well-lived life is one marked by taking up the discipline of dying so that, when natural life comes to an end, we are able to die well. Death is inevitable. An old Yiddish saying goes something like, “Man plans and God laughs.” Yet, we go on … Continue reading Give Me Death… Or Something Like It.

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Know Your Enemy

Because I obsess about seemingly insignificant stuff, I do things like pore over the entire text of the four-volume Philokalia to see what the Desert Fathers have to say about how we are to respond to our enemies or adversaries. I was a bit surprised when I discovered that the writings of the twenty six … Continue reading Know Your Enemy