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Day 5: John of Damascus: Advent Book Club 2017: Unearthly Beauty by Magdalen Smith

Once again Magdalen loses me by the line she chooses to follow. A self-confessed visual person who has studied Art History, icons hold deep meaning for her and I know they do for others. I find them flat, obscure, alienating. … Continue reading

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Advent Book Club 2017: Unearthly Beauty by Magdalen Smith. Day 4: Francis Xavier

Francis Xavier: co-founder of the Jesuits. Francis Xavier: a man who lived in simplicity and risked his life to take the gospel to other lands where it had never before been shared. Francis Xavier: a man who, frustrated by the … Continue reading

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Advent Book Club 2017: Unearthly Beauty by Magdalen Smith Day 3: Charles de Foucauld

The contemplative in action. Contemplative because his life was grounded in silent prayerful adoration of the Other (simply gazing in his mind’s eye on the Other), the Being who gives us all being, the I AM. In action because, rooted … Continue reading

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