"Ever let mercy outweigh all else in you. Let our compassion be a mirror where we may see in ourselves that likeness and that true image which belong to the Divine nature and Divine essence. A heart hard and unmerciful will never be pure."
St. Isaac the Syrian (via gospelofthekingdom)
i want to drive through the mountains with you at six am while bon iver is on the radio
aka, I love you.
"I fell in love with Her soul, and then Her eyes, Her lips, ears, hair; until I realized that I had fallen for all of Her. Her scars, Her past, present and future. It was as though a storm had arrived in the form of beauty, sweeping all that I knew and creating this beautiful creature who stood before me. I realized that this affection would not be forever, but the days after; the choices that I made to wake up and go into the storm of who She was, needed to be daily. Those choices would be my love, to fight for and with Her. I was only beginning to understand that I was indeed a soldier, going into war for love, fighting to keep it alive and strong; so when life brought its own storms, it would have to battle the storm that our love created. When all is said and done, I hope people still hear the rumbles of who we were."
T.B. LaBerge // The Novel of Us (via tblaberge)
"The right thinks the breakdown of the family is the source of crime and poverty, and this they very insightfully blame on the homosexuals, which would be amusing were it not so tragic. Families and “family values” are crushed by grinding poverty, which also makes violent crime and drugs attractive alternatives to desperate young men and sends young woman into prostitution. Family values are no less corrupted by the corrosive effects of individualism, consumerism, and the accumulation of wealth. Instead of shouting this from the mountain tops, the get-me-to-heaven-and-the-rest-be-damned Christianity the Christian Right preaches is itself a version of selfish spiritual capitalism aimed at netting major and eternal dividends, and it fits hand in glove with American materialism and greed."
John Caputo, What Would Jesus Deconstruct (via lyonsbrandon)
"You are not responsible for the actions of those who hated themselves so much that they hurt you."
I want her hair and face and clothing and talent.
wait is it my turn to become St. Vincent yet
"Before we attack Constantine or the Church or fundies or republicans or Westboro or homosexuals or liberals or democrats or anarchists or anyone else, let us reproach ourselves as the worst of sinners. As Chesterton answered, “Dear sir, I am” when asked what is wrong with the world, so may I reproach myself and consider others as above myself. May I never presume others are the reason the name of Christ is dishonored, but rather reproach myself as the chief of sinners for I am the man who has dishonored the name of Christ to the world by my sins. Lord, have mercy. As a good friend once reminded me, “Constantine didn’t only live 1,700 years ago; I am Constantine too.”
Lord, have mercy."
antonyofva via Gospel of the Kingdom
"Fire and water do not mix. Neither can you mix judgment of others with the desire to repent."
Saint John Climacus (via gospelofthekingdom)