Saturday, February 28, 2015

Practical Ecumenism

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...

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Joseph Slipyj

The Burden Is on the Ukrainians First

Let them go in peace. How many Ukrainians really want to sacrifice their men to keep under their government those who wish to leave? Or is this really about territory and resources?

Ukrainian Latin Bishops Visit the Pope Emeritus

Ugly But Necessary Ecclesial Politics?

Constantinople is ready to help establish a unified local Church in Ukraine

Still Too Early in the Pontificate

Making Sense of Pope Francis by Carrie Gress, Ph.D.
Austen Ivereigh’s The Great Reformer: Francis and the Making of a Radical Pope offers many insights into Francis, but does have a serious weakness

(via Insight Scoop)

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

The Sixth Day of Creation

Patriarch John X Visits Patriarch Kirill

Patriarch of Great Antioch and All the East arrives in Moscow
His Holiness Patriarch Kirill meets with the Primate of the Orthodox Church of Antioch
Primates of Antiochian and Russian Orthodox Churches celebrate Liturgy at Cathedral of Christ the Saviour on Forgiveness Sunday
Patriarch John X of Antioch’s homily on Sunday of Forgiveness
Primate of Orthodox Church of Antioch completes his visit to Russia


Theotokos Institute for Catholic Studies

FB and website

"The Theotokos Institute for Catholic Studiesis an academic institute dedicated to the study and teaching of theology, especially as it proceeds from the centuries prior to the formal division of the Church into Greek East and Latin West."

Vatican Observers Observing

Chiesa: Vatican Diary / Kangaroo hunt and other stories
Australian cardinal Pell encircled by adversaries. Sant’Egidio eclipsing the secretariat of state. A new Argentine vicar for Opus Dei

Monday, February 23, 2015

Ecumenism According to Joseph Ratzinger

Ecumenism according to Ratzinger: Pluriform unity
In a speech delivered in 1993 the then Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith talked about the path toward unity between the Churches and about possible “intermediate solutions” before full communion could be achieved: “There is a duty to let oneself be purified and enriched by the other”

A Nice Gesture But..

Do we need these sort of honorary titles given by papal fiat if we are working towards reconciliation? It may strike some to be more of the mindset of promoting "diversity" in a Rome-centered Church that guides the selection of cardinals. Does the Christian East pay any attention to such titles?

Vatican Insider
Armenian Weekly

Bartholomew I's Lenten Message

If a failure in charity, when it was especially needed to overcome linguistic differences, led to a 1000 year separation between churches, we should be very careful to learn from this lest we offend our Lord. Let us take care during this time of Lent.

Why can't we have temples like this in the U.S.?

Supposedly this is a photo of Resurrection Church in Kfarakka, Lebanon.

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Divine Liturgy, 150222

Eastern Christian Books: Maximus in Your Handbag

Eastern Christian Books: Maximus in Your Handbag

Rome Reports: 10 Years After the Death of Luigi Giussani

Two More for Tonight

Saint Porfyrios Kavsokalyvitis: a modern-day Patro-Kosmas Aitolos

Ukrainian Catholic Bishops at the Tomb of St. Peter