“I guess it really was all for nothing…” Marina worried. Her daughter had distanced herself from her. Why has her daughter squandered the warmth and comfort the Church offerred; why has she lost her strong, childhood faith?
Today you have appeared to the whole world, and your light, O Lord, has made a sign upon us who, with knowledge, sing your praise, You have come, you have appeared, the unapproachable Light
Anger feels good. Like lust, it feels important and undeniable. Something so strong, we think, ought to be expressed. And once you express it, the emotional thrill is addictive, and you want more and more.
It was as if the weight of the prayers lifted somehow, something I call “calling in the cavalry” – an American term that means that we are joined by fighters on horseback who sit higher and see the battlefield more clearly and make the prospect of victory tangible.
“Mankind” or “the people” does not exist as a person for whom you could do something right now.