Archives for September 2012

Stay In The City

“The city is prayer. Resistance is rebuttal through Christ Jesus. The foundation is incensive power. Let us stand firm in the fear of God, rigorously practicing the virtues and not giving our conscience cause to stumble. In the fear of God let us keep our attention fixed within ourselves, until our conscience achieves its freedom.” […]

Ephrem the Syrian on Virginity

In his Hymns on Virginity, Ephrem does more than write about not having sex. He also discusses seemingly tangential things like anointing oil, interpretation of Scripture, the natural world, Baptism, the Eucharist, and the Church. And it’s not like he weaves them into his reflections on virginity with the kind of subtlety that only careful […]

Ephrem’s affect on me

  A shift in perspective, experience of scripture, and beauty of our hope. St. Ephrem the Syrian, even in translation, is one of the most powerful writers and profoundly beautiful poets I have ever read.  The way the Holy Spirit illumines Scripture through his writings has opened up the horizons of my heart and mind […]