Author : Fr Gregory Jensen

Together with my wife Mary, I entered the Orthodox Church on the Feast of the Dormition of the Theotokos (15 August) in 1991. On the feast of st Nicholas (6 December 1996) I was ordained to the Holy Priesthood by His Eminence Metropolitan MAXIMOS at St Nicholas Greek Orthodox Cathedral in Pittsburgh, PA.

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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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To profess Christ for our neighbor’s salvation can never be a purely formal action. There can be nothing mechanical about sharing the Gospel with others. Rather, what we say must be the fruit both of our love for Christ and for the person with whom we are speaking. If love is missing, whatever I say will come off artificial or manipulative. It will feel to people as if I’m trying to win an argument or, worse, humiliate them.

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From  Ryszard Legutko, The Demon in Democracy: Totalitarian Temptations in Free Societies.  This grand design, its supporters say, should be implemented at all cost because it is believed to bring with itself freedom, autonomy, tolerance, pluralism, and all other liberal-democratic treasures. Therefore, all barriers that block its coming can and must be broken down, also for the benefit of those …

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While the clergy have our own role in the work of discerning what in the culture is compatible with the Gospel, it is not–fundamentally–our vocation. It belongs to the laity to determine what in the culture can serve the Gospel. More importantly, it is your vocation as baptized Orthodox Christians, to shape the culture according to the Gospel.

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We need to always keep in mind that the charismatic and prophetic dimensions of the Church are not opposed to hierarchical and tradition dimensions. In fact, and here we can appeal to Acts of the Apostles, it belongs to the hierarchical and tradition dimensions to confirm the work of the Holy Spirit in the life of the Church.

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To borrow from C.S. Lewis, after the Eucharist “your neighbor is the holiest object presented to your senses.” While suffering may obscure this holiness from our sight, it can’t destroy the dignity of the human person created in the image of God. And this why that, with St Paul, we can rejoice in our suffering. Simply put, suffering and sin can’t destroy the image of God that is our true and lasting identity.

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It seems sometimes that the sheer breadth of our freedoms and the extent of our wealth undermines our pursuit of holiness. We are free and wealthy beyond what any of the fathers could have imagined. And yet, how do we respond, how do I respond, to the “blessings of liberty” that God has given the Church in America?

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Historically at least diocesan control over parochial property is typically aspirational rather than actual. For example, in traditionally Orthodox countries, the Orthodox Church is an established Church and, as such, the ultimate control of Church property belongs to the State.

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Each of us is also gifted with “charismata” designated for a specific purpose. The Holy Spirit empowers each of us to build up the body of Christ in some special manner. Some of these gifts are teaching, prophecy, healing, administration, leadership, mercy, etc. What are your gifts and how might God be calling you to serve the Living Church of Christ – our Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the USA?

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Sunday, June 11, 2017: Sunday of All Saints, Bartholomew the Holy Apostle, Barnabas the Holy Apostle, Revelation of the Hymn Axion Estin to a monk on Mt. Athos by the Archangel Gabriel.  Epistle: Hebrews 11:33-40;12:1-2Gospel: Matthew 10:32-33; 37-38;19:27-30 How can we explain our zeal in attending this solemn gathering today, beloved, if not by the fact that our brothers and sisters …

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