Just Love

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Hospitality

Yesterday’s meditation was, once again, from Theodoros the Ascetic.  Amazing how often hospitality came into play for people who lived in caved carved out of mountain sides. The patriarch Abraham undertook the labor of hospitality and sat by his tent door welcoming passersby [Gen. 18:1] and his table was open to all comers, even to…

Old Life, New Life, and Obscurity

Theodorus the Ascetic lived and wrote in Jerusalem and Syria 1100 years ago in the 9th century.  He wrote a great deal while living as a monk at the monastery of  St Savas.  The monks built cells into the caves in the mountain side to find solitude for their spiritual pursuits. Theodoros, in contemplating his…

The Barking of Minds & Dogs

I set out a mat on my back deck and tried to muster all the peacefulness and mental quietude I could.  Perhaps staying up to 2:00 am the night before wasn’t the best preparation for day one of this experiment. Yet, at 9:00 am, before doing anything else I sat down with my meditation journal…

Sixty Days to Sixty Years

PART I: From Legalism to Vulgar Grace Welcome to the inaugural post of The Soul the Draws Close. This blog is part of an experiment in living and faith that I intend to conduct over the next sixty days.  And, if all goes well, perhaps it will be applicable to the rest of my life. (Sixty…