Written on Dec, 22, 2016 by in | Leave a comment

God’s affirmation of humanity extends beyond creation, even beyond judgment, to include His taking on our life as His own. He became as we are, so that we may become as He is to paraphrase St Athanasius the Great. The Incarnation of the Son and the deification of the human person are two sides of one mystery, of God’s “Yes!” to us.

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And when we say “Yes!” to God, what happens? We are transformed; we become not simply more than we are but who we are created to be. And for all the diversity of gifts and personalities we see in the Church, underneath that this there a common identity. We are disciples of Christ, called by Him to be His Apostles, witnesses to the Good News of His great love for mankind, a love that leads Him not only to become as we are, so that we can become as He is but to suffer and die for us.

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Written on Dec, 13, 2016 by in | 1 Comment.

Sunday, December 11, 2016: Sunday of Forefathers (Ancestors) of Christ Venerable Daniel the Stylite; Luke the New Stylite of Chalcedon; Nikon “the dry” of the Kiev Caves; Venerable Leontios of Achaia; Martyr Barsabbas of Persia Epistle: Colossians 3:4-11 Gospel: Luke 14:16-24 We can always find a reason to say “No!” to God. In the parable Jesus tells this morning, we …

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Written on Dec, 04, 2016 by in | Leave a comment

… the key to understanding everything we do in the Church; it’s the key that unlocks not only the of the ascetical life but the canons and the Creed. Holy Tradition in all its myriad parts has but one goal: To free us—you and me—from the tyranny of the devil, from whatever “spirit of infirmity” that keeps us “bent over,” so that we can “fully straighten” ourselves and say “Yes!” to God.

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This why God’s mercy, to return to where we began, often feel harsh. It does, because it is. My tendency toward rebellion needs to be defeated if I am to inherit eternal life and there are no gentle wars.

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Written on Nov, 26, 2016 by in | Leave a comment

To understand what God has called the Church in America to do, we need to understand both the nature of the Church AND the nature of America. There’s a brief essay by Robert Reilly over at The Stream (False Founding: Was America Anti-Christian From the Beginning?) that offers us a good start to the latter task. Here’s a snippet. In …

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Written on Nov, 24, 2016 by in | Leave a comment

Gratitude to God is not a feeling but an action. In the social dimension of human life, it is rather a matter of respecting the conscience of the individual. Such respect is no more important than when we disagree bitterly with each other.

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Written on Nov, 23, 2016 by in | Leave a comment

Humility in Russian means a state of being at peace, when a person has made peace with God’s will; that is, he has given himself over to it boundlessly, fully, and joyfully, and says, “Lord, do with me as Thou wilt!” As a result he has also made peace with all the circumstances of his own life—everything for him is …

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Written on Nov, 20, 2016 by in | Leave a comment

When I glory in anything other than “Christ and Him crucified” (1 Corinthians 2:2, NJKV), I’m blind to the great abundance of gifts God pours out on His Church. As a result, my vision of the Christian life and the ministry of the Church–to say nothing on my own spiritual life–becomes narrowed and cramped.

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Written on Nov, 14, 2016 by in | Leave a comment

The dying community is one in which the members do not and will not, support each other in the pursuit of holiness and vocational fidelity. They dying parish is interested in everything else becoming saints.

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