For The Fourth Sunday of Lent: The Sunday of St John Climacus

In what might be a surprise to a casual reader of the Gospels, Jesus often gave instructions to his core disciples and Apostles in secret, presenting to them insight which the general populace was not yet prepared to hear and accept. Indeed, he often enforced a silence upon his closest friends, telling them they could [Read More…]

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To The Stars!

He has actually done it.  Donald Trump has found something he can do as president which will serve the common good, and not just the selfish desires of the elites. He’s signed a bill which gives money and a mission to NASA.  This includes funding for a mission to Mars. Of course, Donald Trump doing [Read More…]

There Can Be No End Apart From God

One of the more interesting theological debates of the twentieth century came from the question of whether or not humanity can be said to have a pure nature closed off to itself, and so possess in itself a natural end apart from God.[1] The question, then, is whether or not humanity can retain a natural [Read More…]

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We Must All Work Out Our Own Salvation

A brother said to Abba Anthony, “Pray for me.” The old man said to him, ” I will have no mercy upon you, nor will God have any, if you yourself do not make an effort and if you do not pray to God.”[1] At first glance, this saying of Anthony appears to be very [Read More…]

For The Third Sunday of Lent: The Adoration Of The Holy Cross

During their long journey from Egypt to the promised land, the people of Israel would often become restless, then angry for not finding earthly satisfaction, and finally their inward spirit would show itself as they would grumble against Moses and God. Many forgot the terrible treatment they suffered at the hands of the Egyptians, and [Read More…]

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Spiritual Pilgrimage, St. Patrick And The Call Of God

Most glorious art Thou, Christ our God/ Who didst establish our Father Patrick/ as the Enlightener of the Irish and a torch-bearer on earth,/ and through him didst guide many to the true Faith./ Most Compassionate One, glory to Thee (Troparion of St Patrick). We are all pilgrims in the world. We are here for [Read More…]

Columbo And The Gospel

Coming from the tradition started by Dostoevsky in Crime and Punishment, the television series Columbo, in its own fashion, followed Dostoevsky in becoming a vehicle not only to show the worst elements of humanity, but the means by which humanity can also be redeemed.  While probably unintentional, this aspect of the series might serve as [Read More…]

God’s Omnipotence Is Proven By The Weakness Of Christ

God’s omnipotence transcends human ability to comprehend it. When we think about it, contemplating its implications, we find ourselves confronted with paradoxes which show the failing of human logic instead of the failing of the notion of omnipotence. Human logic is a construct, based upon how humans see, view, experience and understand the world.  It [Read More…]

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Reflection For The Second Sunday of Lent (St Gregory Palamas Sunday)

And when he returned to Capernaum after some days, it was reported that he was at home. And many were gathered together, so that there was no longer room for them, not even about the door; and he was preaching the word to them. And they came, bringing to him a paralytic carried by four [Read More…]

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United Under One God, Christians Should Work For Peace And Justice With Muslims, Jews, And All Others Of Goodwill

A Black Muslim I knew in High School gave me the Koran which I still possess to this day (the one translated and commented upon by Yusuf Ali). This was because we would discuss religion and theology and he wanted me to have a better understanding of Islam. A couple years later, during my first [Read More…]

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