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

Scheduling:
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.