Written on May, 17, 2016 by in | Leave a comment

…and so is commenting So, if you’re reading this blog and find what I post here interesting, please considering using the various sharing buttons to let other people know. It would also help me if you let a comment on a post you liked or used the rating stars to give me some feedback. Thank you! In Christ, +Fr Gregory

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The Palamas Institute for Orthodox Christian Pastoral Studies  is a program of adult faith formation and lay ministry training that provides Orthodox Christians and other interested Christians with the intellectual and practical tools need to live a vibrant life in Christian.  This life begins with a solid foundation in Sacred Scripture, dogmatic theology, liturgical and ascetical theology, as well as …

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Written on Jun, 27, 2016 by in | Leave a comment

Chastity is that virtue that refuses to exploit for one’s own advantage the weakness of others. What we need to foster then is a respectful and appreciative acceptance of human limitations, both those of our neighbors’ and our own.

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Written on Jun, 26, 2016 by in | Leave a comment

For some, the idea that there is profit in following Jesus is embarrassing. Saying so, they would say, represents an ill-considered attempt to justify greed with the Gospel. And yet, what does Jesus tell us?

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Written on Jun, 23, 2016 by in | Leave a comment

The same Holy Spirit that inspires the Apostles and Disciples on that first Pentecost and Who guides the Church in this life, causes Christ to come to dwell in our hearts. At Holy Baptism, in Holy Communion and in all the Mysteries of the Church, the Holy Spirit comes and rests upon us and Christ makes His home in each of us personally.

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Written on Jun, 21, 2016 by in | Leave a comment

The problem of all sin — including economic sins — isn’t that I don’t love but that I love unwisely. This means that conversion for the businessman, like conversion for all, is not a matter of despising this life but learning to love the life to come. Aleksei, like modern Russian society, has forgotten how to live because he has lost the ability to be grateful to God for the blessings he has received.

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Written on Jun, 12, 2016 by in | Leave a comment

Let us run to the Feast, receive the Spirit and go, boldly, into the world as disciples of Christ, witnesses to the Resurrection, and Spirit-bearer prophets to a world torn by divisions and scarred by sin! My brothers and sisters in Christ! Let us be who we are: Apostles of Joy!

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Written on Jun, 08, 2016 by in | Leave a comment

It is simplistic, then, to view consumer culture as passive and de-skilling. A good deal of the rise in consumption involved buying for the sake of making and personalizing the home. DIY, handicrafts and gardening attracted a sizable chunk of consumer spending, with their own magazines, stores and fairs. Consumerism encouraged new skills as often as it killed old ones. …

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It is the merit of psychoanalysis that it has demonstrated that even the behavior of neurotics and psychopaths is meaningful, that they too act and aim at ends, although we who consider ourselves normal and sane call the reasoning determining their choice of ends nonsensical and the means they choose for the attainment of these ends contrary to purpose. von …

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Written on Jun, 07, 2016 by in | Leave a comment

The enemies of God have tried to do throughout the history of the Church. If persecution hasn’t been constant neither has it been wholly absent from the life of the Church from the time of the Apostles to the present day. While the mechanism has changed, the powerful of this world will always try to get people to deny the evidence of grace and so turn their backs on God.

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Written on Jun, 02, 2016 by in | Leave a comment

It is the Eucharist, the transformation of bread and wine into the Body and Blood of Christ, that liberates the normal, universal, human experience awe in response to transitory beauty into a foretaste of the Eternal. “Grant them in return for earthly things, heavenly gifts; for temporal, eternal; for corruptible, incorruptible.”

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Written on May, 29, 2016 by in | Leave a comment

Our over-emphasis on the psychological dimension of the faith comes at the good works that we are called to do. It is this emphasis on internal, psychological experience that makes us especially prone to doubt and despair.

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