Monthly Archives: June 2018

“Lord, Where Will I Find You?”

Lord, where will I find You? Your place is remote and concealed. And where will I not find You? Your being fills the world. Creator of All, You are in all that is small. To the far You are near, … Continue reading

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Fr John Chryssavgis on Modern Deserts

ORTHODOX THEOLOGIAN SPEAKS ON MODERN DESERTS Boston, July 18, 2006 (Zenit.org) — Interview With John Chryssavgis “I would say that the secret of the desert is learning to lose,” he says. Author of several books, husband and father of two, … Continue reading

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“Because the kingdom He was preaching appeared not, by the things that appear, He makes it, though invisible, manifest”

But mark both their faith, and their obedience. For though they were in the midst of their work (and you know how greedy a thing fishing is), when they heard His command, they delayed not, they procrastinated not, they said … Continue reading

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“Wonder, marvel, reverence all reveal something of what is good and worthy of affirmation in the patience of being”

I would say that there is a patience of being before there is an endeavor to be, a receiving of being before an acting of being, in accord with our singular characters as humans. The patience and receiving make the … Continue reading

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St Basil of Caesarea, Pneumatomachoi, and the Divinity of the Holy Spirit

“I neither chose to name the Holy Spirit God nor dare to call him a creature,” declared Eustathius of Sebaste in response to the Neo-Arian denial of the divinity of the Holy Spirit. At first glance, Eustathius’s ambivalence seems reasonable. … Continue reading

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“We are given to be in the intimate strangeness of being—always”

Why, then, do we say neither deconstruction nor reconstruction? We are given to be in the intimate strangeness of being—always. This is no construction, hence it cannot be deconstructed, cannot be reconstructed. Being thus given to be enables all construction, … Continue reading

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“This is the original meaning of the givenness of being: a generosity of being that gives for no reason beyond the goodness of giving being”

I am sometimes visited by the mockery of Dostoevski’s Underground Man when he sneered: If man is not stupid, then certainly he is monstrously ungrateful! Agapeic being? Come, come! Lear learned about ingratitude from his daughters and paid for his … Continue reading

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Dionysian Ponderings: Beyond the Beyond … and then Beyond

“Dionysius adopts the doctrine of God as ‘nameless,’ ‘unknowable,’ and ‘beyond being’ from the Neoplatonic tradition established by Plotinus,” writes Eric Perl, “and his thought can be understood only in that context” (Theophany, p. 13). We will need to revisit … Continue reading

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