Christian History

The Eighth Day of Hanukkah

As Christians, my family and I more and more find ourselves celebrating some of the Jewish holidays, such as Hanukkah. To some, this may appear out of place. A close friend jokingly remarked to me on facebook this year, "Converting to Judaism? Interesting. Paul and Martin Luther would be rolling in their Read More

Cistercian Monk Bernard of Clairvaux on Pride

Bernard of Clairvaux, a Twelfth-Century Cistercian reformer, wrote, "The first step of pride is curiosity. How does it show itself? Here is an example. There stands a monk who up to this time had every appearance of being an excellent monk. Now you begin to notice that wherever he is, standing, walking Read More

Brigid of Ireland: ‘I would like …’

-From Common Prayer: A Liturgy for Ordinary Radicals. Brigid of Ireland said, "I would like the angels of Heaven to be among us. I would like an abundance of peace. I would like full vessels of charity. I would like rich treasures of mercy. I would like cheerfulness to preside over all. I would like Read More

Abandonment to Divine Providence, Jesuit Jean-Pierre de Caussade

Eighteenth-Century Jesuit Jean-Pierre de Caussade, wrote, "The great and firm foundation of the spiritual life is the offering of ourselves to God and being subject to his will in all things. We must completely forget ourselves, so that we regard ourselves as an object which has been sold and over which Read More

Marcella of Rome, 325 to 410 A.D.

marcella "By heaven's grace, captivity has found me a poor woman, not made me one. Now I shall go in want of daily bread, but I shall not feel hunger since I am full of Christ." These are the words of Marcella of Rome, who lived from 325 to 410 A.D. She lived an enviable life as the daughter of a prominent Read More
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