Tag : Pastoral care

Written on Feb, 03, 2016 by in | Leave a comment

Like salvation, discipleship is a process. We grow in holiness, we grow in our participation in the divine nature (see 2 Peter 1:2-4), we grow in our likeness to Christ. Discipleship is dynamic that begins in the sacraments and the hearing of the kerygma. But, to return to the Apostle Paul one last time, “How then shall they call on Him in whom they have not believed? And how shall they believe in Him of whom they have not heard? And how shall they hear without a preacher?” (Romans 10:14, NKJV).

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Written on Feb, 01, 2016 by in | 4 Comments.

If in fact, the parish “has replaced the Church and, by the same token, has become a completely secular organization” it isn’t simply because of secularism but a failure to preach the Gospel. It reflects a situation in which we make good Orthodox who are not (necessarily) good Christians in the sense of being disciples of Jesus Christ.

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Written on Oct, 02, 2015 by in | Leave a comment

“How, then, can a pastor who requires praise and adulation, who feels no empathy for the people who support him, and who manipulates others for the sole purpose of meeting his own voracious needs be that person?”

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Written on Sep, 15, 2015 by in | Leave a comment

Each of us must discern the providential working out of God’s grace in our own lives. Just as spouses are called to discern God’s providence in each others’ lives parents are to do this for their children. Turning from the family to the Church, priests are responsible for discerning and fostering the vocation of their parishioners and bishops for the members of the diocese. All of this is, necessarily, personal.

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