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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Source: (WSJ) Let’s Get Rational About Disaster Risk Anyone whose labors take him among America’s distinguished elder statesmen, especially those in the Boston-New York-Washington corridor, discovers that our most influential citizens all have one thing in common: a house in Florida. An unfortunate truth is that the value of their Florida coastal property would plummet if they were made to …

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Don’t expect to find much guidance on liberal education in the mission statements of leading American colleges and universities. They contain inflated language about diversity, inclusion and building a better world through social transformation. Missing are instructive pronouncements about what constitutes an educated person or on the virtues of mind and character that underlie reasoned inquiry, the advance of understanding, …

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Another benefit of private property, not so clearly economic, is that it diffuses power. When one entity, such as the government, owns all property, individuals have little protection from the will of the government. The institution of private property gives many individuals a place to call their own, a place where they are safe from depredation by others and by …

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It’s not just that we can no longer depend on the modern secular State to support the Orthodox vision of marriage. Rather it is that we never could and never should have looked to Caesar to do for the Church what only the Church could do for herself.

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I thought of you when I read this quote from “Spiritual Friendship (Cistercian Fathers)” by Aelred of Rievaulx, Marsha L. Dutton, Lawrence C. Braceland – What plot of land or what stream turns up only one stone of a single kind? Or what forest produces only one tree of a single species? Thus among non-sentient beings, a kind of love …

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The true God is the Father of the man John Evangelist could call Love Incarnate—and he is nothing but that Father. The true God is the Father of the man Dietrich Bonhoeffer could call The Man for Others—and he is nothing but that Father. The true God is the Father—and nothing but the Father—of the man who raised his friend …

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Utopianism may be a species of optimism, but it is always born of discontent. Chris Jennings, Paradise Now: The Story of American Utopianism. Underestimating, or worse ignoring, the American tendency toward Utopianism of one kind or another is one of the central reasons that Orthodox evangelism is frequently unsuccessful in the long-term. Americans aren’t spiritually discontent, we are often not …

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Whenever you see complexity, that is a red flag. Complexity is often used to deceive. And complexity invites human error. When you see complex models that claim to predict the future, stay skeptical, especially when humans are making assumptions that influence the results. Scott Adams, When to Trust Experts.

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Free trade is the very opposite of elitism. Its benefits accrue disproportionately to the poor; its costs to the crony-capitalist rich. Matt Ridley, Principles versus rules in free trade

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While individualism is profoundly opposed to all prescriptive privilege, to all protection, by law or force, of any rights not based on rules equally applicable to all persons, it also denies government the right to limit what the able or fortunate may achieve. It is equally opposed to any rigid limitation of the position individuals may achieve, whether this power …

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