An Irish Welcome

Céad Míle Fáilte friend and rover ...
Wherever you come from and whosoever you may be.
That's an Irish greeting and it means

you are welcome
a thousand times over.

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Spiritual commerce

... A word born of righteous activity (praxis) is one thing, and a beautiful speech is another. Even without experience, wisdom is clever at imparting beauty to her words, at speaking the truth without really knowing it, and at making declarations on virtue while the man himself never makes trial of it in his deeds. Speech that comes from righteous activity is a treasury of hope, but wisdom not based on righteous activity is a deposit of disgrace. Just as when an artist frescoes water on the walls and cannot relieve his thirst with it, or just as a man dreams beautiful dreams, even so is speech not based on righteous activity.

A man who talks of virtue from the experience of his own labour transmits that virtue to the hearer just as though he distributes money earned from his own commerce. ... Such a man opens his mouth with boldness even as the ancient Jacob said to Joseph the Chaste,

"Behold, I have given thee one portion above thy brethren, which I took from the Amorites with my sword and my bow." (Gen. 48:22)


  1. "Blessed is the man whose help is from Thee; he hath made ascents in his heart, in the vale of weeping, in the place which he hath appointed." † from Psalm 83 (LXX)

    Yes, there MUST be true spiritual commerce, and, as the saying goes, without praxis, without prayer, without 'ascents' of the heart, we have only the theology of demons dressed up in pretty words.

    Compared to the saints of old, it is not that hard for me each morning to say, "I've done NOTHIING. Today, I must begin to practice, to repent!"

    Lord, have mercy on this sinner and hypocrite...