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.

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

Paul’s life reflects the healthy and wholesome self-confidence that is the fruit of fidelity to God. Such fidelity can’t be abstract or merely theoretical; it isn’t a matter of words, ideas or feelings. Fidelity to Christ is the fruit of the careful discernment of our own, personal vocation and our subsequent obedience to the contours and content of the life and work to which we have been called.

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When we fail to form people as disciples of Jesus Christ it isn’t just that we miss out on the fruits of vibrant ministries or sacrificial stewardship. It also means that our communities are filled with people who haven’t experienced God’s love for them.

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Like salvation, discipleship is a process. We grow in holiness, we grow in our participation in the divine nature (see 2 Peter 1:2-4), we grow in our likeness to Christ. Discipleship is dynamic that begins in the sacraments and the hearing of the kerygma. But, to return to the Apostle Paul one last time, “How then shall they call on Him in whom they have not believed? And how shall they believe in Him of whom they have not heard? And how shall they hear without a preacher?” (Romans 10:14, NKJV).

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If in fact, the parish “has replaced the Church and, by the same token, has become a completely secular organization” it isn’t simply because of secularism but a failure to preach the Gospel. It reflects a situation in which we make good Orthodox who are not (necessarily) good Christians in the sense of being disciples of Jesus Christ.

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God wants us to be really strong, which is different from the way we might typically desire to be strong.

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Like Zacchaeus, I must desire to draw close to Jesus. No matter what the obstacle, no matter how foolish I look in the eyes of the world, I must lay aside any obstacle that keeps me from committing my whole life to the Lord Jesus Christ. I must first desire to live as a disciple of Jesus Christ.

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Too often, caring for the poverty leads to the unintended consequence of leaving people in poverty. How to minimize what we all agree is an undesirable is at the heart of the Templeton Award winning documentary, Poverty, Inc. Here’s an interview with the film’s co-producer, Mark Weber. The film Poverty Inc., which features interviews with community leaders, business people, farmers, and …

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“A fundamental principle in my spiritual life is that it must be original and authentic. I am not an image of any one of the saints, no matter how great they may be. Instead, I take from them what benefits my life in order to maintain the beautiful image in which God created me. If I were to imitate a …

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The challenge is to be at peace with our personal limitations and those imposed on us by the concrete circumstances of our lives. More than this, we need to be thankful for our limitations.

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Without a doubt, the hardest part of the journey through inner silence to love is beginning. This doesn’t mean that there aren’t challenges and struggles along the way—there are—but that first step is still the hardest.

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