Wednesday, March 04, 2015

And the last of the River Forest School is gone...

Kyrie eleison.

Passing of Fr. Robert Alan Morris and Fr. William Augustine Wallace

One of Fr. Matthew's Last Sermons

Tuesday, March 03, 2015

So There's an Orthodox Church Near Ave Maria Town



Rorate Caeli Interview with Cardinal Burke


Monday, March 02, 2015

More on Fr. Matthew

Saturday, February 28, 2015

Psychosomatic Unity Realized in Prayer

Stand, Bow, Prostrate: The Prayerful Body of Coptic Christianity
Coptic monastics were indeed wary of the hesychastic practices of the Jesus Prayer that developed later in the Eastern churches, and it may seem that such suspicion is somehow a teaching against engaging the body in formalized asceticism – for example, of sitting in silence and using the recommended breathing exercises. Yet the suspicion of hesychastic practice is not, in fact, a suspicion of the use of the body in prayer, but instead simply a rejection of the complicated system of hesychasm. Fr. Matta el-Meskeen, for instance, in his book on Orthodox Prayer Life, comments that hesychasm made the method of unceasing prayer lose its former simplicity. He claims that the method of unceasing prayer “shifted from its ascetical position as a humbling practice by itself to a mystical position, with programs, stipulations, technical and mechanical bases, degrees, objectives, results…”[4] Instead, he prefers the simplicity of praying while working and in common human duties, which is likewise a practice found in both Eastern and Western Christian monasticism, stating that this allows for God to share in human work, and helps the person to discern God’s calling in regards to work.[5] It is believed that work by itself does not help to save a monk or nun from distractions and temptations, but that the necessity of repeating short prayers along with working helps to keep the mind occupied. Labor mingled with constant prayer, whether short formulas of Psalms or the Jesus Prayer, allows the person to express his love for God continuously. This practice of praying unceasingly while working became one of the accepted forms of prayer in the Coptic Church.

Thursday, February 26, 2015

A Nice Ecumenical Gesture or a Papal Act That Deserved Second Thoughts?

St. Gregory of Narek: Was the New Doctor of the Church a Catholic? by Dr. R. Jared Staudt
St. Gregory is the first Doctor of the Church to have lived outside direct communion with the Bishop of Rome.

Maybe some Latin traditionalists have been receptive to the news because they think this increases the possibility of Msgr. Lefebvre being canonized some day?

Eastern Christian Books: Married Catholic Priests (Take 2)

Eastern Christian Books: Married Catholic Priests (Take 2)

A reminder...