Category : Scripture

Written on Jun, 18, 2017 by in | Leave a comment

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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Written on Jun, 11, 2017 by in | Leave a comment

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

Sunday, June 4, 2017: Holy Pentecost;: Our Father Metrophanes, Archbishop of Constantinople, Mary & Martha, the sisters of Lazarus, Sophia of Thrace, The Mother of Orphans Epistle: Acts 2:1-11 Gospel: John 7:37-52; 8:12 When the Lord told his disciples to go and teach all nations and baptize them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of …

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Written on May, 25, 2017 by in | Leave a comment

Sunday, May 28, 2017: Fathers of the First Ecumenical Council; The Holy Hieromartyr Eutychius, Bishop of Melitene, Nikitas, Bishop of Chalcedon, Eutechios, Bishop of Mytilene, Helikonis the Martyr, Heladios the Hieromartyr of the East, Zacharias the New Martyr Epistle: Acts 20:16-18, 28-36 Gospel: John 17:1-13 Let’s look ahead for a moment. Next Sunday we celebrate Pentecost. We sometimes, wrongly but …

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Written on May, 25, 2017 by in | Leave a comment

God doesn’t compel me, He woos me. God doesn’t just passively leave room for my freedom, my creativity, He creates the space, the conditions, for me to discover and exercise my freedom and creativity. And as God has done for me, I must do for you.

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Written on May, 21, 2017 by in | Leave a comment

Sunday, May 21, 2017: Sunday of the Blind Man; Constantine and Helen, Equal-to-the Apostles,Constantine and Helen, Equal-to-the Apostles, Pachomios the Righteous New Martyr Epistle: Acts 26:1, 12-20 Gospel:John 9:1-38 Christ is Risen! The Scriptures see blindness as having two, fundamental meanings. Like deafness, blindness is both a terrible physical affliction, It is also a sign humanity’s estrangement from God. For example,in …

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Written on May, 14, 2017 by in | Leave a comment

Both the Gospel and Acts of the Apostles are clear. The Church grows and humanity is saved because Christians are willing to go where God will lead them. And where He leads us, spiritually (and sometimes literally) is always to the margins of our own lives. To be a disciple of Jesus Christ means always to be an exile.

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Written on May, 07, 2017 by in | Leave a comment

Through the Holy Prophet Samuel, God tells us ”to obey is better than sacrifice”(1 Samuel 15:22, NKJV). But obedience is impossible unless we each of us first discern and then live our vocation. This is they way we grow in the love of God. And unless we aid each other in this process of vocation discernment and fidelity, we can’t truthfully claim to be obedient to God or to love our neighbor.

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

There is no other way to love God and our neighbor, there is no other way to grow in holiness or to bear witness to the Risen Lord Jesus Christ but through fidelity to our personal vocations.

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

We tend to think that the solution to doubt is more information or a better, clearer explanation. If however you have ever struggled with doubt, or indeed any distraction in the spiritual life, you know that this solution is no solution.

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