Category : Scripture

Written on Aug, 01, 2018 by in | Leave a comment

To refuse to work together with the whole Church is to pursue my own salvation while neglecting your salvation.

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Written on Jul, 24, 2018 by in | Leave a comment

Working together doesn’t mean I tell you what to do or you tell me what today. Rather, we are to help each other pursue the work God has called each of us to accomplish in this life.

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Written on Jul, 16, 2018 by in | Leave a comment

In the full sense, hospitality means dedicating ourselves personally and as a community to fostering each other’s vocation. This is why St Paul tells us to “receive one another, just as Christ also received us, to the glory of God.”

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Written on Jul, 09, 2018 by in | Leave a comment

Our vocation is not a predetermined “slot” or “job” or even “office” in the Church. Rather it emerges slowly as we exercise the gifts given in baptism.

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Written on Jul, 02, 2018 by in | Leave a comment

The besetting sin, if I may speak boldly, of Orthodoxy in America, is that too often, we tell the laity to leave their professional and technical competencies at the door to the Church.

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Written on Jun, 25, 2018 by in | Leave a comment

We tend to associate holiness with moral rectitude. A holy person is a virtuous person. While holiness and virtue are related, we often misunderstand the relationship between them. A saint is not holy because he is virtuous. Rather, he is virtuous because he is holy.

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Written on Jun, 17, 2018 by in | Leave a comment

What sacrifice did God ask of me yesterday, that was so great, so onerous, that I would prefer that you not be in my life today?

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Written on Jun, 11, 2018 by in | Leave a comment

If sin is ubiquitous, divine grace is promiscuous.

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Written on Jun, 04, 2018 by in | Leave a comment

The problem, to put it directly, isn’t that I love father, mother, brother, sister, son, daughter, house, work, country or myself but that I fail to love them all. What I must give up to follow Jesus are my selfish illusions about life. I must give up the comforting half-truths I tell myself to avoid accepting responsibility for my actions.

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Written on May, 27, 2018 by in | Leave a comment

The task given to the disciples on that first Pentecost is given to us today. Their vocation, their calling, is ours as well.

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