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Gethsemane

August 6, 2018

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Some people feel guilty about their anxieties and regard them as a defect of faith. I don’t agree at all. They are afflictions, not sins. Like all afflictions, they are, if we can so take them, our share in the Passion of Christ.

C.S. Lewis (1898-1963)
Letters to Malcolm
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Correction Is but a Means to an End

August 4, 2018

The corrective effects of kolasis aionios[1] last forever. But as a means to an end, it will not last any longer than is necessary to produce the end for which it exists in the first place. When we finally weary of our own selfishness, petty jealousies, and lust for power; when we learn at last, perhaps through bitter experience, that these lead only to ruin and cannot bring enduring happiness, that nothing short of union with God and reconciliation with others will satisfy our own deepest yearnings; when we discover that the Hound of Heaven has finally closed off every alternative to such a union, we shall then, each of us, finally embrace the destiny that is ours.

— Thomas Talbott
The Inescapable Love of God
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[1] I.e.,eonian correction” (Matthew 25:46; erroneously translated “everlasting punishment”)


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