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Written on Aug, 20, 2017 by in | Leave a comment

Sunday, August 20, 2017: 11th Sunday of Matthew; Samuel the Prophet, Holy Martyr Luke of Bouleutos, Afterfeast of the Dormition of our Most Holy Lady the Theotokos and Ever Virgin Mary, Stephen, First King of Hungary, Hierotheos, Bishop of Hungary Epistle: 1 Corinthians 9:2-12 Gospel: Matthew 18:23-35 Glory to Jesus Christ! St Paul chastises the Corinthians for failing to do …

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Written on Aug, 13, 2017 by in | Leave a comment

Reconciliation requires with those who’ve hurt me or to help others be reconciled to Christ and the Church can only happen if I see a least faint glimmer of goodness in the person. If I can’t see at least “the silhouette of virtue” in them,

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

To avoid the temptation to sentimentality, to “faith” without works, we need to remember that actions worthy of the name “charity” demand practical skills. While our emotions have a role to play in our spiritual lives, like good intentions, they aren’t sufficient. More importantly, and again like good intentions, detached from the moral obligation to practical and effective good works, our emotions can easily deceive us.

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Written on Jul, 16, 2017 by in | Leave a comment

For many Christians, the centrality of good works to our salvation is much contested. And even when it isn’t, many Christians get anxious whenever they hear someone say that there are good deeds are expected of them. So what do we mean by “good works”?

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

To profess Christ for our neighbor’s salvation can never be a purely formal action. There can be nothing mechanical about sharing the Gospel with others. Rather, what we say must be the fruit both of our love for Christ and for the person with whom we are speaking. If love is missing, whatever I say will come off artificial or manipulative. It will feel to people as if I’m trying to win an argument or, worse, humiliate them.

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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

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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