Tag : Love

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, 07, 2016 by in | Leave a comment

To be obedient means to live as a member of a community in which we work together for the flourishing, sanctification and salvation of each other. It is the end of mere individualism and the beginning of life patterned after the Holy Trinity.

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Written on Dec, 22, 2015 by in | Leave a comment

I can’t really love my neighbor unless I also love God. What causes me to have this realization, according to Bernard of Clairvaux, are the life’s troubles. These teach me the limits of human strength and my dependence not simply on my neighbor but on God. It is because we “suffer troubles” that we “begin to love God through our own love for ourselves.” As troubles wax and human strength wanes, we learn that “in God we can accomplish anything and without God we can do nothing.”

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Written on Oct, 06, 2015 by in | Leave a comment

Sunday, October 4, 2015: Eighteenth Sunday after Pentecost & Second Sunday of Luke Hieromartyr Hierotheos, bishop of Athens; Hieromartyr Peter of Capitolia in Syria; Martyrs Domnina and her daughters of Syria; Gurios, first archbishop of Kazan and Barsanouphios, bishop of Tver; and Martyrs Stephen (Stiljanovich) and Elizabeth of Serbia Epistle: 2 Corinthians 9:6-11 Gospel: Luke 6:31-36 “But I say to …

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Written on Sep, 10, 2015 by in | Leave a comment

The Apostle Paul sets the standard for all of us, clergy and laity alike. We are every bit as much his spiritual children as were the Corinthians and as such he call us to be friends of God and of each other. Such friendship requires that we love God, each other and all we meet without reservation even when doing so causes us pain or loss.

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Written on Aug, 29, 2015 by in | Leave a comment

Love is not a sentiment, it isn’t a feeling. The cliché of my youth was that love isn’t a feeling but a decision. In part yes, but this begs the question. What is it that I must decide? How must I live in order to be faithful to love?

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Written on Aug, 02, 2015 by in | 2 Comments.

The public proclamation of the Gospel doesn’t necessarily require we say to a person or a community that they are morally bad. It is rather to invite them and to challenge them to live a deeper, more sacrificial form of love. We aren’t so much saying “You’re wrong!”—though there are times we must—as we are saying “You can be better!”

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