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The Magpie

Finding shiny things in the Christian tradition since 2016

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This site collects the best insights I've come across in my reading of the great works of Christian spirituality from across the millenia and today

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The Desert Fathers on possessions

The Desert Fathers had a lot to say about wealth that sounds really wrong. Were they blind, or are we?

Tozer on the Holy Spirit

If the Holy Spirit were to withdraw from the local church, 95% of what was happening there would not change. A.W. Tozer

Evagrius and Norris on Acedia

Kathleen Norris explains Evagrius Ponticus's definition of the worst temptation of a monk - and the modern Western Christian

Pascal on Songs

It’s not those who write the laws that have the greatest impact on society. It’s those who write the songs. - Blaise Pascal

de Sales on Friendship

Francis de Sales talks about true and false friendship

Chrysostom on Children and Wealth

We take care of the property that has been given to the children, but not of the children themselves. How senseless! Train the child’s soul first; everything else will come later. When the child’s soul is without virtue, no money... Continue Reading →

J.I. Packer on True Holiness

Packer gives the signs of true and false holiness.

de Sales on Imperfections

Do not let us be disheartened by our imperfections - our very perfection lies in diligently contending against them...Our victory does not consist in being insensible to them, but in not consenting to them. Francis de Sales, Introduction to the... Continue Reading →

de Sales on Protecting Your Reputation

Francis de Sales teaches when and how to protect your reputation.

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