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D.M. Deed


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D. M. Deed here addresses and attempts to correct the attitude that spiritual realization is somehow "altogether beyond the capacity of any normal, ordinary person." She writes that spiritual realization is, instead, "a long process which takes us step by step from one realization to the next, each step leading us to a greater, deeper and fuller experience as we go forward. It is both an illumination and an experience of discovery." Applying easily understood language, personal experiences, and Biblical references, Deed shares her thoughts on what this process of discovery might be in relation to a Christian's spiritual development.
Realization: A Christian Point of ViewDeed, D.M. Vol. 5, No. 4. ( Autumn, 1971) Christianity
Deed dramatically recounts the story of Jonah, a biblical figure about whom very little is known other than his tale of self-discovery after being swallowed by a “great fish” in response to his disobedience to God. In Deed’s argument Jonah acts as both a prototype of Jesus Christ and an encapsulation of the forgiveness of God.
JonahDeed, D.M. Vol. 2, No. 1. ( Winter, 1968) Christianity
D M Deed presents in this article the significance and making of a cross shape through two loops of cord. The use of the term “sword of spirit” relates to the wording in a Slavonic rite where the cord or “sword of spirit” denotes the word of God. This article resembles an instruction manual since the author commits most space to outlining in detail how to form this cross with two strings. The step-by-step process is interspersed with commentary on the symbolism of the process including how the forming of this shape symbolizes the two natures, namely the descent of God and the deification of man. Deed concludes that although this process takes a full day, it is well-worth the effort since each step has a symbolic aspect such as how the number of times the cord is wrapped parallels the seven days of creation.
The Sword of the Spirit: The Making of an Orthodox RosaryDeed, D.M. Vol. 1, No. 3. ( Summer, 1967) Christianity
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