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Browsing Archive: January, 2014

The Philokalia on Spiritual Warfare

Posted by Site Webmaster on Tuesday, January 14, 2014, In : Byzantine Catholics 
The Philokalia is an ancient collection of texts collected from Near-Eastern monks throughout the centuries. While completely unheard of by Christians in the West, it’s still massively popular among Eastern Catholics and Eastern Orthodox; you might say it’s like the Summa Theologica or Confessions of the East. So I’ve compiled a list of some wisdom-points to pique yall’s interest in picking up the Philokalia.

Why Should I Care about the Philokalia?

First: It contains advice from so...

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For God So Loved

Posted by Site Webmaster on Sunday, January 12, 2014, In : Our Lady's Promise 

One of the hallmarks of John’s short sermons is that they almost always contain the plan of salvation in a single verse. Here it is verse 16: “This is how God showed his love to the world. He gave his one and only son, that everyone who believes in him may not perish but have life eternal.” In perhaps the most beautiful word...

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The Right Way to Live

Posted by Site Webmaster on Sunday, January 12, 2014, In : Our Lady's Promise 
I sin when I live ...

in spite of you in individualism and ignoring or apathy;

against you in hostility or enmity, making you my enemy;

without you in isolation, rejection or withdrawal;

over you, in controlling, directing, superiority, by playing God;

in you in absorbing love, over-invested caring, total commitment or over-attachment;

for you in taking responsibility for and feeling responsibility to rather than being responsible with;

off of you in parasitic clinging and attachment;

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Ministry is...

Posted by Site Webmaster on Sunday, January 12, 2014, In : Our Lady's Promise 
Ministry is people assisting people in Christian faith development. Ministry doesn’t happen just in the church, but it does happen in the church and through the auspices of the church. Ministry is the reason the church exists.

Ministry is people offering Christ to one another and serving Christ and one another. In the church, ministry is accomplished through worship, the church school, special groups, the sacraments and much more. Everything the church is and does is a system that delivers m...
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Never Forgotten

Posted by Site Webmaster on Sunday, January 12, 2014, In : Our Lady's Promise 
The anxiety of having to die is the anxiety of being eternally forgotten. Is there anything that can keep us from being forgotten? That we were known from eternity and will be remembered in eternity is the only certainty that can save us from the horror of being forgotten forever. We cannot be forgotten because we are known eternally beyond past and future.

— Paul Tillich

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God Reigns

Posted by Site Webmaster on Sunday, January 12, 2014, In : Our Lady's Promise 
When we deliberate, God reigns; when we decide wisely, God reigns; when we decide foolishly, God reigns; when we serve God in humble loyalty, God reigns; when we serve God self-assertively, God reigns; when we rebel and seek to withhold our service, God reigns — the Alpha and the Omega, which is, and which was and which is to come, the Almighty.

— William Temple

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Pax et Bonum!

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