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My name is Dave Daugherty. I live in Swartz Creek, Michigan and I'm happily married. This blog is primarily a record of the things I think about and enjoy about pop culture and God. Enjoy.

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On relations with non-Christians
686. Another Christ-loving layperson asked the same Old Man: I want to press some Jewish wine in my presser. Is this a sin?
Response by John
If, when God rains, it rains in your field but not in that of the Jew, then do not press his wine. If he is loving-kind to all and rains upon the just and the unjust (cf. Mt 5.45), then why do you want to be inhumane and not compassionate, rather, as he says: “Be merciful, even as your Father in heaven is merciful” (Lk 6.36).

—Letters from the Dessert Barsanuphius and John: The Old Men of Gaza. (via yuri-rimsky)

Poemen said, “If someone shuts a snake and a scorpion up in a bottle, in time they will be completely destroyed. So it is with evil thoughts: They are suggested by the demons; they disappear through patience.”

—The Wisdom of the Desert Fathers (via yuri-rimsky)

Abba Lot went to see Abba Joseph and said to him, “Abba, as far as I can I say my little office, I fast a little, I pray and meditate, I live in peace and, as far as I can, I purify my thoughts. What else can I do?” Then the old man stood up and stretched his hands towards heaven. His fingers became like ten lamps of fire and he said to him, “If you will, you can become all flame.

—Saying of the Desert Fathers (via yuri-rimsky)

Great depths could be found in a single line. Abba Pambo [AD 303-75] could not read, so he asked another desert dweller to teach him a psalm. When he heard the first words of Psalm 39, “I will guard my ways, that I may not sin with my tongue,” he asked the other monk to stop and then meditated on that verse alone—for nineteen years. [Asked whether he was ready to hear at least the remainder of the verse, he replied that he had not mastered the first part yet].

Frederica Mathewes-Green, The Jesus Prayer: The Ancient Desert Prayer That Tunes the Heart to God, Pg. 5

Lord have mercy, Christ have mercy!

(via gospelofthekingdom)