Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Commonplace - St. Mark the Ascetic On Those who Think They Are Made Righteous by Works

"One man received a thought and accepted it without examination. Another received a thought and tested its truth. Which of them acted with greater reverence?" - 55

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Monday, December 26, 2016

Commonplace - St. Mark the Ascetic On Those who Think They Are Made Righteous by Works

When the intellect prays without distraction it afflicts the heart; and ‘a broken and a contrite heart, O God, Thou wilt not despise’ (Ps 51:17). - 34

Saturday, December 24, 2016

Commonplace - St. Mark the Ascetic On Those who Think They Are Made Righteous by Works

There is no perfect prayer unless the intellect invokes God; and when our thought cries aloud without distraction, the Lord will listen. - 33

Friday, December 23, 2016

Commonplace - St. Mark the Ascetic On Those who Think They Are Made Righteous by Works

The intellect cannot be still unless the body is still also; and the wall between them cannot be demolished without stillness and prayer. - 31

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Commonplace - St. Mark the Ascetic On Those who Think They Are Made Righteous by Works

If we want to do something but cannot, then before God, who knows our hearts, it is as if we have done it. This is true whether the intended action is good or bad. - 16

Friday, December 16, 2016

Learning 2017

First of all, I blog for me. So, this is so I can think out what my plans are:

Back to the Classics Challange:
1. The Count of Monte Cristo
2. The Lost Prince
3. Uncle Tom's Cabin
4. The Psalms
5. The Faerie Queene
6. Manalive
7. The Great Divorce
8. The Two Towers
9. Moby Dick
10. The Fellowship of the Ring
11. The Good Earth (Pulitzer)
12.The Brothers Karamazov

Back to the Future Classics Challange:
1. Introduction to the Orthodox Church - Day 1
2. The Desert Fathers - Day 2
3. The Light in the Darkness - Day 2
4. The Faith Series - Day 3
5. The Law of God - Day 4
6. The Orthodox Faith Series - Day 5
7. Beginning to Pray - Day 6
8. Living Prayer - Day 6
9. Blueprints for the Little Church - Day 6
10. The Forgotten Repentance - Day 7
11. The Lenten Spring - Lent
12. The Winter Pascha - Advent

2 Days a week: Listen to The Count of Monte Cristo and The Lost Prince
2 Days a week: Listen to The Brothers Karamazov
2 Days a week: Read AO books - Start with Fierce Wars & Faithful Loves and Sonnets. Then The Good Earth, Uncle Tom's Cabin, Moby Dick, The Great Divorce, and Manalive.
1 Day a week: Listen to Tolkien - I'm currently reading The Hobbit will just move on and read through the series.
Daily: Read Prologue of Ohrid, something from BttFC, and a Stasis from a Psalm.

Friday, March 18, 2016

Subscribing to discussion forums on Ambleside Online

First go to this page.

Then click on subscribe to this forum.

And then you receive an email whenever there is a new thread and it gives you a link directly to that new thread!

Monday, February 29, 2016

To Be or Not To Be?

See this llovely mug?

Before January the most I knew about Shakespeare's Hamlet, Prince of Denmark was: 
a) Shakespeare wrote it,
b) the saying 'To be or not to be that is the question' originated from it,
c) this sweet man is named Prince of Denmark and called Hamlet.

Now I have at least read the play! I participated in a llovely discussion of this llaugh out lloud funny tragedy on the Ambleside Online forum and then I watched David Tennet on PBS deliver a rousing modern day adaptation. I have to say though, as much as I llove my boy, I am decidedly Team Horatio!

P.S. If you didn't catch on, he is a llama, not an alpaca! (all the double l's)

Sunday, January 10, 2016

A Healing Prayer for the New Year

Last year, after Forgiveness Sunday, God placed on my heart my, oh so very great, need to release the anger and hatred inside and so my constant regular semi-regular oft repeated prayer, at home and at Church, was to aid my efforts in forgiveness. And to my great joy He has! Do I still need to work on it, um yes I do, however when I close my eyes and think of my hurts and wounds I no longer have the Cell Block Tango from Chicago running in the back of my mind wishing I had the guts to reciprocate the evil deeds to antagonist in my story... So that is something! Even when the All Evil Facebook notified me that my prior Mr. Crawford/Wickham/Wiloughby (he had parts of each) was engaged (regardless to the fact that I blocked him, I apparently am Facebook friends with someone who is Facebook friends with his fiance and my friend happened to like the photo of the engagement ring announcement... I didn't, until that time, even know he was dating but it does fit his "timeline") all that bothered me was that I hoped for her sake that he was just immature and not evil... A Mr. Yates instead of Mr. Crawford. So sympathy, not triggered PTSD and deep pain! Great improvement!

This year my Prayer is Healing and Health! I have been sick for a really long time. Fibromyalgia and food allergies... At this point I am not even sure what I CAN eat... Salmon is semi alright... I get close to anaphylaxis being near bread due to the yeast. Shopping is always an adventure. I got a rash when my aunts hugged me when the visited for Christmas, I think it was due to their cinnamon candle... I try not to go anywhere unnecessary... I am going to a new NAET soon and I PRAY that God would answer this prayer as mightily as the last... Even if it the healing comes about some other way I still hope it is answered with health.

So for my first completed book of the year I finished Say Goodbye to Illness. With my background knowledge from my grandfather, in my opinion the science behind NAET is a quite reasonable hypothesis and I can't wait for it to be proven!