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Holiness Tradition

J.I. Packer on True Holiness

Packer gives the signs of true and false holiness.

de Sales on Protecting Your Reputation

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

A word on resolutions

Learn from Anthony de Mello and Martin Laird how to do resolutions right

Kamuyu on healing

If you never heal from what hurt you, you'll bleed on people who didn't cut you. - Wanjiku Kamuyu

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 →

Burrows on holiness

Holiness has to do with very ordinary things: truthfulness, courtesy, kindness, gentleness, consideration for others, contentment with our lot, honesty and courage in the face of life, reliability, dutifulness. Intent, as we think, on the higher reaches of spirituality, we... Continue Reading →

James on Asceticism

Every day do something for no other reason than its difficulty, so that when the hour of dire need draws nigh, it may find you not unnerved and untrained to stand the test. Asceticism in this sort of thing is... Continue Reading →

Chambers on being of use to God

God can accomplish nothing with the person who thinks that he is of use to God. The most important aspect of Christianity is not the work we do, but the relationship with Him that we maintain and the surrounding qualities... Continue Reading →

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