Yielding To Christianity

Patricia Hofer

Binding the “strong man” of our independent self

Hannah Whitall Smith wrote: “… there is something within us, behind our emotions and behind our wishes, an independent self, that, after all, decides everything and controls everything… and if God is to take possession of us, it must be into this central will or personality that He enters” (The Christians Secret of a Happy Life 80). In Matthew and Mark, after his comments about a house or kingdom “divided against itself,” Jesus talks about… Continue reading

Are we “home” when God visits us?

GOD OFTEN VISITS US, BUT MOST OF THE TIME WE ARE NOT AT HOME. In this proverb, the French touch on something about our relationship with God that has challenged and perplexed Christians from the start, from the novices to the mystics. How can we know that God is visiting us?
Describing such a visit, St. Teresa of Avila observed that “God so places Himself in the interior of that soul that when it returns… Continue reading

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