Comfort for those Far from Church

“The Inward Temple. There is no need to weep much over the destruction of a church; after all, each of us, according to God’s mercy, has or should have his own church—the heart; go in there and pray, as much as you have strength and time. If this church is not well made and is abandoned (without inward prayer), then the visible church will be of little benefit.” — Archbishop Barlaam to Abbess M., Russia’s Catacomb Saints, p. 281

Comment: Also the Orthodox call the home and family “the little church”. This is a useful analogy and type when we are thinking about everything from the ordering of our ikon corner, which every home should have, to the order of our family enterprise, to the way in which we continually pray and study, corporately and in secret. -DD

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