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“Each virtue is a gold and diamond step on the ladder of salvation, the ladder that unites earth and heaven, that stretches out from your own hell to your own paradise”

Why does the Church place this Saint in the middle of the Fast, as the most holy image, so that all would behold him? Saint John of the Ladder. Who is he? He is the man who experienced and wrote … Continue reading

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“They suppose such things about the Creator that would not be supposed of the most savage and unjust human being”

After having spoken, as in summary, about the inspiration of the divine Scriptures, it is necessary to proceed to the manner of reading and understanding them, since many errors have occurred from the fact that the way by which the … Continue reading

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“He is joined to God who is without sin, having immediately become sinless himself through the forgiveness of his sins”

It was love of human honour that distanced the Pharisees from faith in the Lord, which is why He said to them, “How can ye believe, which receive honour one of another, and seek not the honour that cometh from … Continue reading

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“If nothing else were to be gained from God becoming the Son of man, we are entitled to say that the Incarnation of the Word had nonetheless to come about, since it was entirely fitting that the Virgin become the Mother of God”

But since God remained silent and did not foretell to her anything that was going to happen, He clearly showed that He did not know anything more beautiful or greater than that which He perceived in the Virgin; from this … Continue reading

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“The Incarnation of the Word was the work not only of the Father, Whose good pleasure it was, and of His Power, Who overshadowed, and of His Spirit, Who descended, but also of the will and faith of the Virgin”

If there is ever a time when a man should rejoice, exult, and cry out with gladness, when he should go off and search for what great and brilliant statements he might utter, when he should wish to be vouchsafed … Continue reading

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“By this one phrase, ‘I have sinned,’ Adam would have redeemed all the multitude of years which he spent in hell”

In the beginning God created man as the king of everything earthly, and not only of every­thing earthly, but of everything under the vault of heaven; for the sun also and the moon and the stars were created for man. … Continue reading

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“Today our subject is Christ’s second coming, the terrifying Judgment, and the things that will then be mysteriously fulfilled”

1. Last Sunday through the parable of the prodigal who was saved, the Church commemo­rated God’s incomparable love for mankind. This Sunday it teaches us about His terrifying Judgment to come, following the right order and in accordance with the … Continue reading

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“It is in this temple, that is, in ourselves, that prayer is addressed to God and heard by him”

“Destroy this sanctuary and in three days I will raise it up.” “God’s temple is holy,” and you are that temple: all you who believe in Christ and whose belief makes you love him. Real belief in Christ means love of … Continue reading

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