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what is this i dont even

what is this i dont even

Bright Monday, 2013

shear-in-spuh-rey-shuhn:

FRANK BRANGWYNThe Brunswick Caught Anchors With Her EnemyOil on Canvas22” x 29”

shear-in-spuh-rey-shuhn:

FRANK BRANGWYN
The Brunswick Caught Anchors With Her Enemy
Oil on Canvas
22” x 29”

blueboxtraveller:

In case you’re in need of motivation, have some from the Doctor.

You can do it!

Whatever else may be said about them, the Reformation movements of the sixteenth century were, at root, an attempt to get back to the ‘golden age’ of Christianity. The rallying cry of the Reformers was sola Scriptura! By returning to the Bible — to the Bible alone — they sought to divest Christianity of all accretions and return it to the pristine state of the early Church. The irony is that the principle by which the Reformers sought to return to the purity of the early Church was itself unknown to the early Church. The idea of sola Scriptura was an invention of the sixteenth century. No Father or council of the early Church ever asserted that the Scriptures, in and of themselves, without any reference to the Church, are the all-sufficient rule of faith. The Reformation principle of sola Scriptura was an invention of the Reformation itself.

- Clark Carlton, The Way: What Every Protestant Should Know About the Orthodox Church (via gospelofthekingdom)

orthodoxphilokalia:

Let us astound them by our way of life rather than by our words. For this is the main battle (megale mache), this is the unanswerable argument, the argument from conduct. For though we give ten thousand precepts of philosophy in words, if we do not exhibit a life better than theirs, the gain is nothing.

~ St. John Chrysostom

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suluboo:

relationship tip #78: ‘babe’ and ‘baby’ are cliche and outdated. try a fun new nickname such as ‘lieutenant’ instead 

(Source: ofelrond)

As two pieces of wax fused together make one, so he who receives Holy Communion is so united with Christ that Christ is in him and he is in Christ.

- St. Cyril of Alexandria (via a-pilgrims-diary)

Nothing so becomes a Church as silence and good order. Noise belongs to theatres, and baths, and public processions, and market-places: but where doctrines - and such doctrines! - are the subject of teaching, there should be stillness, and quiet, and calm reflection, and a haven of much repose.

- Saint John Chrysostom

David formerly sang songs, also today we sing hymns. He had a lyre with lifeless strings, the church has a lyre with living strings. Our tongues are the strings of the lyre with a different tone indeed but much more in accordance with piety. Here there is no need for the cithara, or for stretched strings, or for the plectrum, or for art, or for any instrument; but, if you like, you may yourself become a cithara, mortifying the members of the flesh and making a full harmony of mind and body. For when the flesh no longer lusts against the Spirit, but has submitted to its orders and has been led at length into the best and most admirable path, then will you create a spiritual melody.

- Saint John Chrysostom

I’ve found I can say “I miss you” in twelve different languages, and I can wax nauseatingly poetic on the colour of your eyes at one a.m. and how you look from the passenger seat, but it’s been twenty one days since I last heard your voice, and there are no words for that.

- m.m. (via yarabirham)

(Source: borrowingbones)

orthodoxphilokalia:

I do not venerate matter, I venerate the fashioner of matter, who became matter for my sake and accepted to dwell in matter and through matter worked my salvation, and I will not cease from reverencing matter, through which my salvation was worked… . I reverence the rest of matter and hold in respect that through which my salvation came, because it is filled with divine energy and grace. Is not the thrice-precious and thrice-blessed wood of the cross matter? Is not the holy and august mountain, the place of the skull, matter? Is not the life-giving and life-bearing rock, the holy tomb, the source of the resurrection, matter? Is not the ink and the all-holy book of the Gospels matter? Is not the gold and silver matter, out of which crosses and tablets and bowls are fashioned? And, before all these things, is not the body and blood of our Lord matter?

~ St. John of Damascus

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arelyhepburn:

This is the best gif you’ll ever see

arelyhepburn:

This is the best gif you’ll ever see

I should really go to sleep

I should really go to sleep

(Source: reddit.com)

Church That’s Hard - Rod Dreher

…we agreed that the Orthodox life kicks our butts hard — and that we need it to, like we need food and water and fresh air. We also agreed that as hard as Orthodoxy can be to live out at times, there’s no way we could be anything else now. It’s so intense, and so demanding, but even more rewarding — no doubt precisely because it demands so much of its faithful. It’s like, ask not what your God can do for you, but ask what you can do for your God. That’s how Orthodoxy is when you do it right. It asks more of you than you think you have to give, and it gives you in return more than you can imagine.