five bucks says it’s ‘kumbayah’…

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they say…

... God knows your every need and heart's desire, there is no aspect of inner self that is sheilded from His gaze. When you pray He knows what you want even before you ask for it. He knows what you need even if you don't ask for it. He knows when your prayers are sincere or when they are a vain gesture. Sometimes when I pray this 'awareness' supresses me. The enormity of God overwhelms me.What can I possibly offer in way of prayers and supplications if He already knows what I am about to ask and … [Read more...]

what dreams may come…

... a good night sleep for me is a dreamless one. I'm plagued by vivid dreams. Last night was a doozy. I'll leave it up to you to decipher its meaning. Jacob's Dream, Ferdinand Bol c.1642I was in the most beautiful church I've ever seen. It was an Orthodox Church with every inch decorated in iconography. The air was heavy with incense, it was so thick I swear I could still smell it when I first woke. The Liturgy was being chanted and it sounded like a choir of heavenly male angels humming and … [Read more...]

typicha …

...some photos I shot at last Saturday's Typicha service @ St. Basil. … [Read more...]

wonder twins activate…

...form of, altar servers!Just having a bit of fun with Cory who blogs @ Ignem Veni... … [Read more...]

caption time…

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a reminder…

... if you live in the Charlotte area St. Basil the Great Ukrainian Catholic Mission is meeting for vigil Divine Liturgy every Saturday at 5pm with confession beginning at 4pm. All Catholics of any ritual rite are welcomed to attend Liturgy and fulfill their Sunday Obligation and receive Communion. … [Read more...]

do not fear those who kill the body but are unable to kill the soul…

Saints Eulampia and Eulampius were brother and sister. They lived at the beginning of the fourth century in the city of Nicomedia. Eulampius became upset after reading the decree of the emperor Maximiam (284-305) sentencing all Christians to execution. Eulampius was horrified that the emperor was taking up arms against his own subjects rather than fighting the enemies of his country.The youth was brought to trial and commanded to renounce the Christian Faith. When he refused, they subjected him … [Read more...]

Pray for a world that has refused to pray for itself…

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I know I should know better…

... but I simply can't resist. … [Read more...]

The twelfth degree of humility …

...The twelfth degree of humility is that a monk not only have humility in his heart but also by his very appearance make it always manifest to those who see him. That is to say that whether he is at the Work of God, in the oratory, in the monastery, in the garden, on the road, in the fields or anywhere else, and, whether sitting, walking or standing he should always have his head bowed and his eyes toward the ground. Feeling the guilt of his sins at every moment he should consider himself … [Read more...]

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The eleventh degree of humility …

...The eleventh degree of humility is that when a monk speaks he do sogently and without laughter, humbly and seriously, in few and sensible words, and that he be not noisy in his speech. It is written, "A wise man is known by the fewness of his words"This gentleness and humility is not to say that we shouldn't be firm and truthful. Gentleness is often perceived with mildness of manner, or an attitude that avoids conflict. Gentleness is using discretion and acknowledging that if you can not … [Read more...]

to become one with God…

"People are confused. They think that the aim of our existence is primarily to become good human beings, or to become moral, socially well-adjusted and well-balanced personalities. This pietistic notion is not the essential purpose of the Ecclesia. It is a gross misconception. What the Ecclesia primarily teaches is means through a human soul may attain Christoification, its saintliness, its union with God. The ultimate goal is to become perfect, to become one with God. Christ didn't come into … [Read more...]

For us life is Christ, and to die is gain…

Ss. Sergius and Bacchus c.5th centuryThe Martyrs Sergius and Bacchus in Syria were appointed to high positions in the army by the emperor Maximian (284-305), who did not know that they were Christians. Envious people informed Maximian that his two trusted counsellors did not honor the pagan gods. This was considered to be a crime against the state. The emperor, wanting to convince himself of the truth of the accusation, ordered Sergius and Bacchus to offer sacrifice to the idols, but they … [Read more...]

Memorial of Our Lady of the Rosary…

"It is as if every year Our Lady invited us to rediscover the beauty of this prayer, so simple and profound. The rosary is a contemplative and Christocentric prayer, inseparable from the meditation of Sacred Scripture; is the prayer of the Christian who advances in the pilgrimage of faith, in the following of Jesus and preceded by Mary." -Pope Benedict XVI … [Read more...]

the only solid reality is the word of God…

Pope Benedict XVI says the global financial crisis show the futility of money and ambition, stating that "now with the collapse of big banks we see that money disappears, is nothing and all these things that appear real are in fact of secondary importance." … [Read more...]

caption contest…

"The original icthus was about this tall.""How do you know?""I drew it, sonny."A classic fish tale...caption winner: Peter Rival … [Read more...]

Commemoration of the Holy and Glorious Apostle Thomas…

The Holy and Glorious Apostle Thomas was born in the Galileian city of Pansada and was a fisherman. Hearing the good tidings of Jesus Christ, he left all and followed after Him. The Apostle Thomas is included in the number of the holy Twelve Apostles of the Savior. According to Holy Scripture, the holy Apostle Thomas did not believe the reports of the other disciples about the Resurrection of Jesus Christ: "Unless I see in His hands the print of the nails, and put my finger into the print of the … [Read more...]

His Order enjoys the distinction of never becoming unfaithful to the spirit of its founder, never needing a reform…

St. Bruno,Jean Bernard Restout The Order founded by Bruno is one of the strictest in the Church. Carthusians follow the Rule of St. Benedict, but accord it a most austere interpretation; there is perpetual silence and complete abstinence from flesh meat (only bread, legumes, and water are taken for nourishment). Bruno sought to revive the ancient eremitical way of life. His Order enjoys the distinction of never becoming unfaithful to the spirit of its founder, never needing a reform. Six years … [Read more...]