Tag : Discipleship

Written on Mar, 07, 2018 by in | Leave a comment

At National Review David French writes that It was foolish for anyone to believe that a less Christian America would be a less religious America. As Solomon said in Ecclesiastes, God “put eternity in man’s heart.” Traditional Christianity and Judaism aren’t just being removed from American life; they’re being replaced. The more passive person often fills his heart with the …

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Written on Feb, 26, 2018 by in | Leave a comment

Today as we celebrate the Sunday of Orthodoxy and the Restoration of the Holy Icons, we shouldn’t lose sight of the fact that the whole of the Tradition of the Church has only one goal: To introduce men and women to the God Who loves them without compromise.

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Written on Jan, 12, 2018 by in | Leave a comment

While they focus on economics in their op-ed piece, James Piereson and Naomi Schaefer Riley make a good point for those interested in college ministry. What matters, they write, is not so much what happens in the classroom. Rather, the thing that most effects students’ attitudes are the time spent pursuing “extracurricular activitivies.” While not denying that there are “organizations …

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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 Jun, 12, 2016 by in | Leave a comment

Let us run to the Feast, receive the Spirit and go, boldly, into the world as disciples of Christ, witnesses to the Resurrection, and Spirit-bearer prophets to a world torn by divisions and scarred by sin! My brothers and sisters in Christ! Let us be who we are: Apostles of Joy!

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Written on May, 08, 2016 by in | Leave a comment

…let’s simply admit this, we can doubt not because the mystery is so great but because the witness of Christians is so poor.

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Written on Apr, 18, 2016 by in | Leave a comment

To be a sacrament of God’s mercy means first to renounce and resist the myriad ways in which I pursue power and control over the lives of others. We have no better example of this than the saint we commemorate today, St Mary of Egypt. Having repented of a life in which she sought to humiliate others, she instead wholeheartedly pursued Christ. The fruit of this was that she was able, at the end of her life, to be a source of mercy for Fr Zosimas.

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Written on Apr, 05, 2016 by in | Leave a comment

Jesus understands us. He is, as we hear in the epistle this morning, not only our “high priest” but able “to sympathize with our weakness.” He is able to understand us because though He “has been tempted as we are” he is “without sin.” That last phrase, that Jesus is “without sin” might throw me off. How can Jesus really sympathize with me if, unlike me, He never sinned? After al, isn’t there’s something in my experience—personal sin—that’s lacking in His?

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Written on Mar, 06, 2016 by in | Leave a comment

Without prejudice to our obligations to the poor and the outcast of society, “the least of these” are also those who proclaim the Kingdom and who invite the nations to share in God’s love. Seen this way, we discover a hidden depth not only to the Gospel and the Epistle but the Judgment to come.

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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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