22 January 2016

Why I am an Orthodox Catholic Christian

A response to the ochlophobic faith-literary-art challenge.

Wise Men from the East - Hossein Behzad


The Dao that can be trodden is not the enduring and unchanging Dao.
The name that can be named is not the enduring and unchanging name.
(Conceived of as) having no name, it is the Originator of heaven and earth; (conceived of as) having a name, it is the Mother of all things.
Always without desire we must be found, if its deep mystery we would sound;
But if desire always within us be, its outer fringe is all that we shall see.
Under these two aspects, it is really the same; but as development takes place, it receives the different names. Together we call them the Mystery.
Where the Mystery is the deepest is the gate of all that is subtle and wonderful.
- Dao De Jing, 1.1


The Master said, “I would prefer not speaking.” Zi Gong said, “If you, Master, do not speak, what shall we, your disciples, have to record?” The Master said, “Does Heaven speak? The four seasons pursue their courses, and all things are continually being produced, but does Heaven say anything?”
- Lun Yu, 17.19

Rustic Peasant Girl in Prayer - Kimberly Wakeman

‘Bloodstone’ – Judas Priest
I've been trying, there's no denying:
It’s sending me out of my mind.
I've seen reason change to treason;
It's losing its sense of all kind.

How much longer will it take
For the world to see:
We should learn to live
And simply let it be?

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