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Written on Mar, 26, 2017 by in | Leave a comment

Purgation, iIllumination, and theosis are all given to us, as they were to the disciples, at once. And this why, to return to today’s epistle, we are able to look to Jesus Christ as an “anchor … sure and steadfast.”

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Written on Mar, 12, 2017 by in | Leave a comment

… the ascetical life helps us overcome the myriad distractions in our lives that come between us and God. How frequently, to speak only for myself, I become fascinated with some idea I have about God. That this idea is true is, from the point of view of our communion with God, is secondary. The spiritual life isn’t a collection of true ideas or wholesome feelings about God any more than it is about living a morally good life. To be sure, these all have their place but in service of pointing us beyond themselves to God.

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Written on Mar, 05, 2017 by in | Leave a comment

Just as Philip does with Nathanael, we need to invite each other to enter a deeper relationship with Jesus Christ. We do this by being willing to talk with each other about our own spiritual lives, our own struggles, and successes, as Orthodox Christian followers of Jesus Christ.

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Written on Feb, 26, 2017 by in | Leave a comment

Whether the harm is great or small, my sin has harmed you, it has exploited your weakness and impeded your reconciliation with the Father, with our Father. Because my sin harms you, the first step in casting “off the works of darkness,” and putting “on the armor of light,” is simply to acknowledge my failure to love you.

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Written on Feb, 12, 2017 by in | 1 Comment.

I want to forgive those who harmed me. This is different from saying that the harm that was done doesn’t matter. I can’t ignore the past; it is unwise—and foolish—for me to try and create a new past out of whole cloth. I can’t create a past where we weren’t estranged, the past where I didn’t hurt you or you didn’t hurt me. To go down this path isn’t to forgive but to lie. Or maybe more gently, to confuse forgiveness with wishful thinking.

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Written on Feb, 05, 2017 by in | Leave a comment

Sunday, Feb 5, 2017: Sunday of the Publican and Pharisee; Triodion Begins Today; Agatha the Martyr, Polyeuktos, Partriarch Of Constantinople, Antonios the New Martyr of Athens, Theodosios, Archbishop of Chernigov, Afterfeast of the Presentation of Our Lord and Savior in the Temple, Theodosios of Antioch Epistle: 2 Timothy 3:10-15 Gospel: Luke 18:10-14 We misunderstand the relationship between the Church and …

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Written on Jan, 29, 2017 by in | Leave a comment

We have been called by God to imitate the example of the Canaanite woman. Whatever else we do in the service of the Gospel begins here, in our fidelity to the example this unnamed woman offers us this morning. We are called, like her, to contribute “not a little” to the healing of others.

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Written on Jan, 22, 2017 by in | Leave a comment

As the bishop is for the members of his diocese, so the Christian must be for the world. The bishop leads a band of prophets, of witnesses to the Resurrection of our Lord, God and Savior Jesus Christ. For this reason, it is not enough for us merely to affirm the Creed. It is not enough for us to learn theology or sing the hymns of the Church. No, it is not enough for us to be anything less than witnesses to the Resurrection!

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Written on Jan, 15, 2017 by in | Leave a comment

We need to start talking to each other. We need to break the silence that allows us to overlook the vast majority of Orthodox Christians who have lost or are losing their faith.

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Written on Jan, 03, 2017 by in | Leave a comment

Ascetical struggle also helps, as Paul suggests in today’s reading, to cultivate the habits of sober, righteous and godly living. sobriety, righteousness, and godliness are the fruits of Christian discipleship; of lives shaped around the Person and teaching of Christ. And the fruit of discipleship is the good work of a daily, hourly, witness to Christ and the Gospel.

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