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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Written on Jul, 17, 2015 by in | Leave a comment

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 Aug, 20, 2017 by in | Leave a comment

Sunday, August 20, 2017: 11th Sunday of Matthew; Samuel the Prophet, Holy Martyr Luke of Bouleutos, Afterfeast of the Dormition of our Most Holy Lady the Theotokos and Ever Virgin Mary, Stephen, First King of Hungary, Hierotheos, Bishop of Hungary Epistle: 1 Corinthians 9:2-12 Gospel: Matthew 18:23-35 Glory to Jesus Christ! St Paul chastises the Corinthians for failing to do …

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Written on Aug, 13, 2017 by in | Leave a comment

Conservatives complain loudest about today’s campus follies, but it is really liberals who should be angry. The big story is not that leftist professors successfully turn millions of young people into dangerous political radicals every year. It is that they have gotten students so obsessed with their personal identities that, by the time they graduate, they have much less interest …

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Written on Aug, 13, 2017 by in | Leave a comment

Reconciliation requires with those who’ve hurt me or to help others be reconciled to Christ and the Church can only happen if I see a least faint glimmer of goodness in the person. If I can’t see at least “the silhouette of virtue” in them,

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Written on Aug, 10, 2017 by in | Leave a comment

The social-conservative awakening that helped elect Mr. Trump came when voters recognized that the liberal agenda amounted to something more than a shield to protect sexual minorities. It was also a sword to be used against social conservatives. From: (WSJ) How Trump Won, in Two Dimensions 

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Written on Aug, 08, 2017 by in | Leave a comment

… it does not require much effort to see that the dialogue in liberal democracy is of a peculiar kind because its aim is to maintain the domination of the mainstream and not to undermine it. A deliberation is believed to make sense only if the mainstream orthodoxy is sure to win politically. Today’s “dialogue” politics are a pure form …

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Written on Aug, 06, 2017 by in | Leave a comment

Let us run with confidence and joy to enter into the cloud like Moses and Elijah, or like James and John. Let us be caught up like Peter to behold the divine vision and to be transfigured by that glorious transfiguration. Let us retire from the world, stand aloof from the earth, rise above the body, detach ourselves from creatures and turn to the creator, to whom Peter in ecstasy exclaimed: Lord, it is good for us to be here.

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Written on Aug, 01, 2017 by in | Leave a comment

While theology, Church history, liturgy and the rest of what is taught in seminary is important, these are all secondary. What we teach in our seminaries isn’t an end in itself but at the service of helping future clergy and lay leaders in their vocation to help others follow Christ in the ordinary circumstances of their lives.

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Written on Jul, 30, 2017 by in | Leave a comment

However important, and even essential, are the things we do in this life we need to remember that “there will be none of these tasks” in the Kingdom of God. Rather like what Martha we “will find there is what Mary chose.” In the Kingdom of God “we shall not feed others, we ourselves shall be fed” by Jesus Christ the Word of God.

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Written on Jul, 23, 2017 by in | Leave a comment

To avoid the temptation to sentimentality, to “faith” without works, we need to remember that actions worthy of the name “charity” demand practical skills. While our emotions have a role to play in our spiritual lives, like good intentions, they aren’t sufficient. More importantly, and again like good intentions, detached from the moral obligation to practical and effective good works, our emotions can easily deceive us.

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Written on Jul, 16, 2017 by in | Leave a comment

For many Christians, the centrality of good works to our salvation is much contested. And even when it isn’t, many Christians get anxious whenever they hear someone say that there are good deeds are expected of them. So what do we mean by “good works”?

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