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The Magpie

Finding shiny things in the Christian tradition since 2016

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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?

Evagrius and Norris on Acedia

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

J.I. Packer on True Holiness

Packer gives the signs of true and false holiness.

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

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