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The Magpie

Finding shiny things in the Christian tradition since 2016

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Shepherd on your life story

Victor Shepherd insists that our life story isn't the story of us - it's too small.

Underhill on the preparation of the mystic

Evelyn Underhill explains the first step on the path to contemplation: recollection

Underhill on practical mysticism

Evelyn Underhill unpacks her definition of mysticism as the art of union with Reality.

Merton on the secret of joy

Merton proposes that joy is the easiest thing in the world to possess.

Merton on the Holiness of Creation

Merton explains how it is not material things that are evil, but rather our false self that forges sinful relationships with them.

Smith on The Life Hid with Christ

Hannah Whitall Smith describes the higher Christian life and how to enter it

The Desert Fathers on Lust

The early Christian monks who fled the cities to the deserts of Egypt developed great pastoral wisdom as they struggled with Satan in the wilderness. Their insights are sometimes jarring to our modern sensibilities, but they bear listening to. There... Continue Reading →

Anthony Norris Groves on the basis of Christian cooperation

Groves gives us seven principles for how Christians of different convictions can work together

Taylor’s Debtor’s Prayer

Jeremy Taylor gives a prayer for all those in debt

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