Monthly Archives: April 2018

Meditating Four Quartets: The Fire and the Rose are One

“Certainly there was an Eden on this very unhappy earth,” J. R. R. Tolkien wrote to his son Christopher in early 1945. “We all long for it, and we are constantly glimpsing it: our whole nature at its best and … Continue reading

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“Look, it is received, it is eaten, it is consumed”

I have not forgotten my promise. I had promised those of you who have just been baptized a sermon to explain the Sacrament of the Lord’s Table, which you can see right now, and which you shared in last night. … Continue reading

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Meditation and the Jesus Prayer

by Dr. Albert S. Rossi Father Aidan asked me to write an article on “The Jesus Prayer and contemplative prayer” that might help us get closer to Christ. Where to start? What would help you or me? For me, the … Continue reading

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“For this He judged expedient for His Disciples: that He should keep His scars to heal the wounds of their soul”

The Lord, as you have heard, appeared to His Disciples after His Resurrection, and greeted them, saying: Peace be to you. This is indeed peace, and the salutation of Salvation; for salutation receives its name from salvation. And what better … Continue reading

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Suffering and Death: Elements of an Orthodox Theodicy

I was invited to take part with two other pastors in a panel discussion yesterday at Life Pacific College in Christiansburg, Virginia on the topic of suffering, evil, and God. We were each given 20 minutes for our initial presentations. … Continue reading

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“On this day is created the true man, the man made in the image and likeness of God”

The reign of life has begun, the tyranny of death is ended. A new birth has taken place, a new life has come, a new order of existence has appeared, our very nature has been transformed! This birth is not … Continue reading

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“By your immersion you imitated the burial of the Lord, but when you came out of the water you were conscious only of the reality of the Resurrection”

Christ descended into hell to liberate its captives. In one instant he destroyed all record of our ancient debt incurred under the Law, in order to lead us to heaven where there is no death but only eternal life and righteousness. … Continue reading

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