This modern insistence on relying upon ones own intellect rather than that of the giants that came before us upon whose shoulders we stand, is the single greatest cause of atheism in this world. I cannot grasp how people can research a subject on the internet (never one cracking a book) and believe that they know more than those men of old that devoted their entire lives to pursuit of the knowledge of the Divine. It is foolish pride, and extremely sinful.
The movie “Son of God” is Biblically and theologically unsound. Why are Catholics praising it?
I can’t seem to stay awake today, and my channel is only playing really slow, soothing songs. A very slow and boring day…
Some do not approach Holy Communion with trembling but with commotion, shoving one another, burning with anger, hollering, scolding, pushing their neighbor, full of disturbance.
About this, I have often spoken and will not cease to speak about this.
Do you not see the order of behavior at the pagan Olympic games when the Arranger passes through the arena with a wreath on his head, dressed in a lengthy garment, holding a staff in his hand and the Crier declares that there be silence and order?
Is it not obscene that there, where the devil reigns there is such silence, and here where Christ invites us to Himself there is such an uproar.
At the arena, silence: and in church, uproar!
On the sea, calm and in the harbor, tempest!
When you are invited to a meal, you must not leave before the others, even though you are satisfied before the others, and here while the awesome mystery of Christ is being celebrated, while the priestly functions are still continuing, you leave in the middle of it and exit?
How can this be forgiven?
How can this be justified?
Judas, after receiving Communion at the Last Supper [Mystical Supper] that final night, departed quickly while the others remained at the table.
Behold, whose example do they follow who hurry to depart before the final thanksgiving?
—Saint Ioannis Chrysostomos - Homily on the Epiphany
Syriac speakers should recognize most of this phrase, as the Aramaic of the Galilean region from 0-80 A.D./C.E. is very closely related to the Syriac of the Peshitta…
יתשופרא דמרי ישוע משיחא
May the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ
Yit’Shufra D’Mari Yeshu Meshicha
אחובא דאלהא אל אבוא ודקנישא דרוחא קדישא
the love of God the Father and the communion of the Holy Spirit
Ahuba D’Illaha El Abua U’D’Qnissu D’Rucha Qadisha
בעמינא כלאינו דעשא ועד עולמא לעולמיין
be with us all, Now and forevermore and unto eternity of eternities
B’Amina Kalainu D’Asha W’Ad Alama L’Almayeen
Amen and Amen.
The word of Scripture should never stop sounding in your ears and working in you all day long just like the words of some you love… Do not ask ‘How shall I pass this on?’ but ‘What does this say to me?’ Then ponder this word long in your heart until it has gone right into you and taken possession of you.
Theotokos and Christ
The Virgin Mary is the Theotokos, the mother of Jesus Christ, the Son and Word of God. She conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit. She was cared for by her betrothed husband, Joseph, who took the child and his mother into his home as his own. One very strong tradition in the Orthodox Church holds that the birth of Jesus was also miraculous and left Mary’s virginity intact as a sign; it is also the tradition of the Church that Joseph and Mary did not have relations after the birth of Jesus. She is also called Panagia, the “All-Holy,” indicating her closeness to God in her obedience.
The title Theotokos (in Greek, Θεοτοκος) is a Greek word that means “God-bearer” or “Birth-giver to God.”
A Saint a day: March7
St. Paul the Simple
Paul spent his first sixty years in the world, employed as a laborer. He then suffered the ordeal of discovering that his wife had committed adultery. Thereafter, Paul withdrew into the Egyptian desert in the hope of becoming a hermit under the tutelage of Saint Anthony the Abbot. Upon seeing this aged would-be disciple at his door, Anthony judged him to be ill suited to eremitical life, and refused to receive him. But Paul refused to leave. Anthony thereupon decided to test Paul’s virtue by commanding him to carry out a series of difficult tasks, including a very prolonged regimen of continuous prayer, the sewing of mats that he was then instructed to take apart and sew all over again, and very strict fasting. Paul proved himself to be unwavering in obedience and perseverance, winning Anthony’s confidence and admiration. Anthony was later to say of Paul, “How this monk puts us all to shame! He immediately obeys man’s simplest order, while we often fail to listen to the word which comes to us from heaven.” Paul lived his remaining years in great humility and childlike simplicity.