St. John Chrysostom’s sample on Easter: Rejoice today, both you who have fasted and you who have disregarded the fast. The table is fully laden; feast sumptuously. The calf is fatted; let no one go hungry away. Enjoy the feast of faith; receive all the riches of loving kindness. Let no one weep for their […]
How are you (western) faithful out there celebrating holy week? Richard Neuhaus says, “from the beginning God knew what he would do about a humanity he created free to love him, and therefore free to hate him…From the beginning ‘God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself.’ This is what it means to love; […]
It has come to my attention that our discussions are a bit esoteric and confusing. Our current discussion is on hell. We have talked about things like Gnosticism, Christian martyrs and all sorts and conditions of topics. My basic premise is that the church is in captivity to the Matrix. How do we ‘unplug?’ Therin […]
Padawon, You said:Fr. Neo, your boy St. Isaac seems to be quite a guy. But if this young Padowan may be so bold, I think he’s somewhat misplaced. Exactly what is the point in weeping for “birds, animals, and every creature”? Were they made in God’s own image? Are their “souls” even comparable to ours? […]
Constantine, I like your style. I juxtaposed the ‘Rescue’ with Constantine’s portrayal of eternal damnation for just the reason you gave. An article I really like on the topic of hell was written by Dr. Alexander Kalomiros and can be found at: http://www.philthompson.net/pages/library/riveroffire.html Basically, he says that the love of God in Christ is the […]
rescued by the ONE
Constantine? What did ye think? I thought it showed some fatherneo moments…
St. Basil reports that lay folk would walk for hours in the cold to hear a priest that was not plugged in.
UNPLUGGED St. Athanasius was unplugged. Why? Because he was able to withstand the onslaught of plugged in bishops. No brown-nosing from this one. He was close to the ONE even while living in a plugged in imposed dark world.
Being the idealist and the maximalist that I am, I can’t help but look to the Church of the 2nd and 3rd Century. Of course I have no romantic notions that the Church in that era (or any era) was perfect, but it’s funny how dedication increases when the lions are breathing down your neck. […]