GOOD-FRIDAY, 1613, RIDING WESTWARD. by John Donne

LET man’s soul be a sphere, and then, in this,
Th’ intelligence that moves, devotion is;
And as the other spheres, by being grown
Subject to foreign motion, lose their own,
And being by others hurried every day,
Scarce in a year their natural form obey;
Pleasure or business, so, our souls admit
For their first mover, and are whirl’d by it.
Hence is’t, that I am carried towards the west,
This day, when my soul’s form bends to the East.
There I should see a Sun by rising set,
And by that setting endless day beget.
But that Christ on His cross did rise and fall,
Sin had eternally benighted all.
Yet dare I almost be glad, I do not see
That spectacle of too much weight for me.
Who sees Gods face, that is self-life, must die;
What a death were it then to see God die?
It made His own lieutenant, Nature, shrink,
It made His footstool crack, and the sun wink.
Could I behold those hands, which span the poles
And tune all spheres at once, pierced with those holes?
Could I behold that endless height, which is
Zenith to us and our antipodes,
Humbled below us? or that blood, which is
The seat of all our soul’s, if not of His,
Made dirt of dust, or that flesh which was worn
By God for His apparel, ragg’d and torn?
If on these things I durst not look, durst I
On His distressed Mother cast mine eye,
Who was God’s partner here, and furnish’d thus
Half of that sacrifice which ransom’d us?
Though these things as I ride be from mine eye,
They’re present yet unto my memory,
For that looks towards them; and Thou look’st towards me,
O Saviour, as Thou hang’st upon the tree.
I turn my back to thee but to receive
Corrections till Thy mercies bid Thee leave.
O think me worth Thine anger, punish me,
Burn off my rust, and my deformity;
Restore Thine image, so much, by Thy grace,
That Thou mayst know me, and I’ll turn my face.

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The Life of Jesus: An Illustrated Rosary by Mary Billingsley

Oh, that Kyrie Eleison, or the Jesus Prayer would replace the Hail Mary

Fonthill was the home of the American archeologist and tile maker Henry Chapman Mercer, in Doylestown, Pennsylvania. Built between 1908 and 1912, it is an early example of poured-in-place concrete and features 44 rooms, over 200 windows, 18 fireplaces and 10 bathrooms. The interior was originally painted in pastel colors, but age and sunlight have all but eradicated any hint of the former hues. It contains much built-in furniture and is embellished with decorative tiles that Mercer made at the height of the Arts and Crafts movement. It is filled with an extensive collection of ceramics embedded in the concrete of the house, as well as other artifacts from his world travels, including cuneiform tablets discovered in Mesopotamia dating back to over 2300 BCE. The home also contains around 1,000 prints from Mercer’s extensive collection, as well as over six thousand books, almost all of which were annotated by Mercer himself.

More images (by Karl Graf)

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David Jones, Crucifixion

David Jones, Crucifixion

David Jones, Jesus Mocked (via ayjay)

David Jones, Jesus Mocked (via ayjay)

A.W. Tozer, The Pursuit of God

A.W. Tozer, The Pursuit of God

Michael c. 1900, Nashotah House

'Let the mountains and all the hills break out into great rejoicing at the mercy of God, and let the trees of the forest clap their hands. Give praise to Christ, all nations, magnify him, all peoples, crying: Glory to thy power, O Lord.'  —Source unknown (Eastern Orthodox) 

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Michael c. 1900, Nashotah House

'Let the mountains and all the hills break out into great rejoicing at the mercy of God, and let the trees of the forest clap their hands. Give praise to Christ, all nations, magnify him, all peoples, crying: Glory to thy power, O Lord.'
—Source unknown (Eastern Orthodox)

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The End of Protestantism by Peter J. Leithart | First Things

The effect of this sort of “Protestantism” is to de-church the church: “In its blind zeal, and shallow knowledge, it sinks the Church to the level of a temperance society, strips the ministry of its divine commission and so of its divine authority, reduces the sacraments to mere signs, turns all that is mystical into the most trivial worldly sense, and so exalts what is individual above what is general and catholic, as in fact to throw open the door to the most rampant sectarian license, in the name of the gospel, that any may choose to demand.”

(Source: settledthingsstrange)

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Myth, Imagination & Faith: The Enduring Legacy of the Inklings From 2014 CCCA Razor’s Edge Conference

(Source: open.biola.edu)

The world of Aronofsky’s Noah is a thoroughly Gnostic one: a graded universe of “higher” and “lower.” The “spiritual” is good, and way, way, way “up there” where the ineffable, unspeaking god dwells, and the “material” is bad, and way, way down here where our spirits are encased in material flesh. This is not only true of the fallen sons and daughters of Adam and Eve, but of fallen angels, who are explicitly depicted as being spirits trapped inside a material “body” of cooled molten lava.


Admittedly, they make pretty nifty movie characters, but they’re also notorious in Gnostic speculation. Gnostics call them Archons, lesser divine beings or angels who aid “The Creator” in forming the visible universe. And Kabbalah has a pantheon of angelic beings of its own all up and down the ladder of “divine being.” And fallen angels are never totally fallen in this brand of mysticism. To quote the Zohar again, a central Kabbalah text: “All things of which this world consists, the spirit as well as the body, will return to the principle and the root from which they came.” Funny. That’s exactly what happens to Aronofsky’s Lava Monsters. They redeem themselves, shed their outer material skin, and fly back to the heavens. Incidentally, I noticed that in the film, as the family is traveling through a desolate wasteland, Shem asks his father: “Is this a Zohar mine?” Yep. That’s the name of Kabbalah’s sacred text.

Sympathy For The Devil — Dr. Brian Mattson

One canon reduced to writing by God himself, two testaments, three creeds, four general councils, five centuries, and the series of Fathers in that period – the centuries that is, before Constantine, and two after, determine the boundary of our faith.

Lancelot Andrewes (via desertkirk)

Remove a Wireless Connection in Windows 8.1

Microsoft has removed the ability to right-click wireless networks and forget them in Windows 8.1. Also, the wireless network manager has been removed since Windows 8 came out. In order to remove a wireless network from your list of networks that you automatically connect to:

  1. Right click the Start Button and select Command Prompt
  2. Type in: netsh wlan delete profile name=”ProfileName”
    Where ProfileName is the name of the wireless network.
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