Tag: Cross

  • The Church and the Cross

    The following article is a series I wrote during the early months of the blog. I think it worth reprinting (surely people aren’t going back to read everything I’ve written). It is also available in the “Pages” section of the blog. If you’ve read it before I hope you enjoy rereading it – if not,…

  • Worship at His Footstool

    Sunday, the third in Lent, is set aside to honor the Venerable and Life-Giving Cross. I offer these thoughts: In a short work, The Beginning of the Day, (I believe it was a special printing and not generally available), Met. Kallistos Ware notes this about the Cross and its connection with the whole of creation: …[The] created…

  • Stumbling Toward Salvation

    On occasion I have written on topics that seem to scandalize readers, or certainly cause difficulty for many. Some of those topics have been articles on the wrath of God; the radical forgiveness of everyone for everything; the commonality of our life and our salvation; and various posts on giving thanks always for all things…

  • The Double Mystery of Christ’s Cross

    St. Gregory Palamas, in his Homily on the Precious and Life-Giving Cross (Homily 11), makes reference to what he calls the “double mystery” of the Cross. He cites St. Paul’s statement, “The world is crucified to me, and I to the world” (Galatians 6:14). The first mystery is embodied in our denial of the world…

  • The Church and the Cross of Christ

    This series is a reflection of the life of the Cross in the life of the Church. Orthodoxy in the modern world (as well as its past) frequently engages in struggle – not only with the world – but within itself. This is not the failure of an ideal – for the Church is not…

  • 15th Antiphon of Holy Friday Matins – Sung by Archbishop Job

    This is a wonderful video of the late Archbishop of Chicago and the Midwest. May his memory be eternal! [vodpod id=Video.3070600&w=425&h=350&fv=%26rel%3D0%26border%3D0%26] more about “The 15th Antiphon Sung by Archbishop …“, posted with vodpod

  • From the Foundations

    Among the more interesting statements in Holy Scripture is found in Rev. 13:8: All who dwell on earth will worship it [the beast], everyone whose name has not been written in the book of life, of the Lamb who was slain from the foundation of the world… That Christ is here described as the Lamb is…

  • Before Thy Cross

    Sunday, the third in Lent, is set aside to honor the Venerable and Life-Giving Cross. I offer these thoughts: In a short work, The Beginning of the Day, (I believe it was a special printing and is not generally available), Met. Kallistos Ware notes this about the Cross and its connection with the whole of creation:…

  • The Temptations of Church

    I have sometimes said (in a light-hearted manner) that God gave us the Church to keep us honest. The truth is, that God gave us the Church that we might be saved. The failure to see why and how the Church is the ark of salvation is a failure to understand some of the most…

  • “A Sword Will Pierce Your Soul”

    The Mother of God, while bringing the Christ child to the temple, was greeted by an elderly man, the “just and devout man,” Simeon. Taking the child into his arms he spoke the well-known prophetic words of the Nunc Dimittis, “Lord, now lettest Thou Thy servant depart in peace….” He spoke as well of the…


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  1. Bonnie, for me the description of the warehouse reminds me of the original emptiness of my heart and the work…

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  3. Janine, I’ve been thinking about the veil of Moses as well. I love taking “deep dives” on such things.

  4. Oh silly me again 2 Corinthians 3 — esp verses 7 – 13 https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=2%20Corinthians%203&version=NKJV

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