Thursday, April 30, 2015

The Institute for Priestly Formation

Located at a Jesuit university to give Jesuit/Ignatian spirituality to diocesan priests. (Though they do read Corbon, apparently.)

A Church that Was Never Militant Enough

The Latin churches in the United States from the late 19th century to the mid-20th century. After assimilating neo-Yankee values and the gospel of progress and wealth (while maintaining ethnic enclaves for newcomers), is it surprising that they failed?

Mirror of Justice: Father Robert Henle, S.J., and the Crisis in Catholicism

Memory Eternal


Eastern Christian Books: A Centenary of Armenian Tears (Updated)

Eastern Christian Books: A Centenary of Armenian Tears (Updated)

Eastern Christian Books: Liturgical Subjects

Eastern Christian Books: Liturgical Subjects

Eastern Christian Books: Sacramental Theology

Eastern Christian Books: Sacramental Theology

Metropolitan Nikolaos on the Holy Mount

This is a really cool article about the spiritual influence of the Holy Mountain. Let us know what you think!

Posted by Orthodox Christian Network on Wednesday, April 29, 2015

John 13:35

The early church was an incredibly loving community. Let us reflect on our own lives and that of the early church and decide which path we will walk.

Posted by Orthodox Christian Network on Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Fr. Fessio Taking the Minority View?

Contraception and Abortion. Which Is the Greater Evil by Sandro Magister

The first withholds life from one who could be born. The second takes it from one who is already alive. A back-and-forth between two theologians, on a question that remains open to free discussion

Franciscan University Presents: Theology of Pope Benedict XVI

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

The Start of a Trend?

Honolulu: Bishop plans to return sacraments of initiation to “their proper order”

Icon of Noah's Ark

Fr. Noah explains the icon of Noah's Ark and why it is placed where it is in the church. Listen to Fr Noah here:

Posted by Ancient Faith Radio on Friday, April 24, 2015

Sunday Night Live: Fr. Joseph Koterski - The Resurrection

From 2010

Dr. John Bergsma: The Bridegroom: Jesus, Easter, and the Song of Songs

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Communio in Christo

Recently, the German-based “Communio in Christo” community held an international conference for various priests,...

Posted by Vatican Radio - English Section on Monday, April 27, 2015

"New Heaven and New Earth: Church Architecture as Sacramental Participation in the Heavenly Banquet"

Pope Francis at the UN

The United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon met with Pope Francis in the Vatican on Tuesday before going on to...

Posted by Vatican Radio - English Section on Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Fr. Rif'at Bader on Pope Francis and Genocide

Hymns of Armenians and Syriacs at the Vatican

In Need of Clarification

Francis: Priests are shepherds, not managers
Pope Francis

Pope Francis
Pope Francis has made clear that priests cannot refuse baptism to anyone who asks for the sacrament. The pontiff also reiterated that priests should think only of helping Catholics in their care, not of their own ambitions

Pope Francis presided over the ordinations of priests for the diocese of Rome in Saint Peter’s Basilica.Go the link...

Posted by Vatican Radio - English Section on Sunday, April 26, 2015

Pope Francis recited the Regina Coeli on Sunday, joined by two of the priests he ordained earlier tin the morning.See...

Posted by Vatican Radio - English Section on Sunday, April 26, 2015

On Sunday, Pope Francis presided over the ordinations of priests for the diocese of Rome in Saint Peter’s Basilica, reminding them they are ministers of unity in the Church.

Posted by Vatican Radio - English Section on Sunday, April 26, 2015


What is The Creed? What do we mean when we say that The Creed is the standard of faith? In what way is The Creed relevant to us today?Listen here:

Posted by Ancient Faith Radio on Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Saint John the Dwarf

What has a man whose obedience once caused a barren stick to blossom forth a tree in the desert to tell us today about...

Posted by Ancient Faith Radio on Tuesday, April 28, 2015

The Icon of the Good Shepherd

Cynthia explains how the icon of the Good Shepherd best describes her journey to Orthodoxy. Check it out!

Posted by Orthodox Christian Network on Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Monday, April 27, 2015

Dcn. Sabatino Carnazzo - Passion of Christ: A Biblical Tour of Jerusalem’s Way of the Cross


Apparently it finished filming?

St. Luke the Blessed

Misericordiae Vultus



Defending Marriage as from God

An open letter entitled “The Defense of Marriage and the Right of Religious Freedom: Reaffirming a Shared Witness” was issued to all in positions of public service on April 23.

Posted by Orthodoxy and the World on Monday, April 27, 2015

Politicians, Take Heed

The duty of the Bishop is to reprimand the faithful!

Posted by Orthodox Christian Network on Saturday, April 25, 2015

Church of Life-Giving Spring

Read about the history of the Monastery of the Mother of God at the Spring.

Posted by Orthodox Christian Network on Monday, April 27, 2015

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Divine Liturgy, 150426


Joseph Ratzinger-Benedict XVI Library

Joseph Ratzinger-Benedict XVI Library To Be Opened in RomeLibrary Is Dedicated Entirely to the Life and Thought of German Pontiff as Scholar and Pope

Posted by Zenit News Agency on Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Interesting Choice of an Accompanying Photo

Happy Name-Day, Pope Francis!

Posted by Vatican Radio - English Section on Thursday, April 23, 2015

Friday, April 24, 2015

Saw a Freeway Billboard Reminding Drivers of the Anniversary of the Armenian Genocide

There are always two genocides. The first is the physical act and the second is the denial.

Posted by Orthodox Christian Network on Friday, April 24, 2015

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Patriarch Bartholomew's Message for Earth Day

The Glory of God

Explore beautiful Hubble Space Telescope images from each year the telescope has been in orbit: #Hubble25

Posted by NASA - National Aeronautics and Space Administration on Thursday, April 23, 2015

Man, know your limits. The Lord created all of this to express His glory and to remind you that despite your greatness in His material creation, there are still boundaries which you cannot pass.

Dreams of interstellar space travel, Babeilian pride and man's desire to ascend to the heavens by his own power.

The Resurrection of Christ

We are each connected to Christ's resurrection. And that is good news!

Posted by Orthodox Christian Network on Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Feast of St. George

You were bound for good deeds, O martyr of Christ: George; / by faith you conquered the torturer’s godlessness. / You...

Posted by Orthodox Christian Network on Thursday, April 23, 2015

"Kalimera! As today is the eve of the feast of St George I thought it appropriate to search out my photos of our...

Posted by Orthodox Christian Network on Wednesday, April 22, 2015


Photos of Metropolitan Hilarion


Posted by Митрополит Иларион Алфеев (Metropolitan Hilarion) on Monday, April 20, 2015



Posted by Митрополит Иларион Алфеев (Metropolitan Hilarion) on Monday, April 20, 2015

St Sergius of Radonezh and St. Benedict of Nursia

"At the Holy Trinity Orthodox Seminary Conference on St Sergius of Radonezh, John Martin (HTOS, 5th year) reflected in his paper on the similarities between St Sergius’ life and the life of the sixth century Western monastic founder, St Benedict of Nursia. He noted a number of thought-provoking parallels and showed how these similarities were rooted in a common monastic tradition."

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Not Sure How I Missed This Book When It Was First Published

I'll have to obtain a copy.

Edit. Come to think of it, I may have a copy but in storage...

Lectures by Fr. David Anderson

Christendom College: Faith & Reason Lecture Series

The Chronicler has some more photos.

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Count on the Dominicans...

Vatican Insider: Does the Successor of Peter need “theological structuring”?

Interview with Fr. Benoît-Dominique de La Soujeole, O.P.

Turning point?

Jewish Catholic relations were under the spotlight in the Vatican on Monday as Pope Francis met with a delegation from...

Posted by Vatican Radio - English Section on Monday, April 20, 2015

Vatopaidi on Mt. Athos

"Is any sick among you? let him call for the elders of the church; and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in...

Posted by Orthodox Christian Network on Monday, April 20, 2015


A little about Athonite obediences. Check it out!

Posted by Orthodox Christian Network on Monday, April 20, 2015

I Think I've Posted a Link to This Article Before

First step: set up a prayer corner. The next step is even more important: actually using the space regularly for prayer.

Posted by Orthodox Christian Network on Monday, April 20, 2015

Spring 2015 Issue of Sacred Music


I'm actually interested in this piece: "Twentieth-Century Reform and the Transition from a “Parallel” to a “Sequential” Liturgical Model: Implications for the Inherited Choral Repertoire and Future Liturgical Compositions" by Jared Ostermann

But this should be good: "Contributions of Pope Benedict XVI to the Continuing Liturgical Reforms" by Edward Schaefer

Then there's "A Charter for the New Liturgical Movement" by Peter Kwasniewski

What's Going on at the POI?

Chiesa: Earthquake among the Jesuits, at the Pontifical Oriental Institute

In Defense of Historical Truth

A First for Francis. With the Ottoman Enemy by Sandro Magister

In two years as pope, he had never been attacked so harshly as he is now by Turkey, for his denunciation of the Armenian genocide. A turning point in the pontificate


I remember trying out for the debate society one year and how I didn't like the exercise of finding the arguments necessary to win, rather than practicing arguments for the sake of the truth. The problem was that I looked at it as an exercise of dialectic, rather than that of rhetoric. Unfortunately, the debate society would not have been a good way of learning classical rhetoric, either...

"The Augustinian Roots of Thomistic Deification"

Christendom College: Author Fr. David Meconi to Deliver Annual St. Thomas Aquinas Lecture - itunes

I did not know he had taken over editing of HPR from Fr. Baker. Something he wrote for Christmas: Why God Becomes Human

Monday, April 20, 2015

Something Recent by Keith Lemna

The Heythrop Journal: Liturgical Reduction and Eucharistic Memory: Louis Bouyer's Response to the Crisis of Modern Science

James Chastek on CST

Social Teaching: "In other words, it rejects both Adam Smith and Karl Marx; both individualism and collectivism. In explaining this to the class, it became clear that this was, in effect, to reject the ideals of the left, right and center. The class ended with no one in the room having any idea what the Church thought a just regime would look like."

Still a work in progress... though it does assume the work of the medieval scholastics but it has not critically reappropriated it.

A Melkite Wedding

The Deacon's Bench Roman Catholic Dn. Greg Kandra experiences his first Crowning, in Jordan. You can also read about...

Posted by Our Lady of Fatima Russian Byzantine Catholic Church on Sunday, April 19, 2015

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Divine Liturgies, 150419

Thomas Sunday, Julian Calendar

Everywhere there are souls turning to the Lord, and they see and feel Him, for which reason they are a hundred-times...

Posted by Orthodoxy and the World on Sunday, April 19, 2015

More on Soteriology

The Cause of Our Salvation: Soteriological Causality According to Some Modern British Theologians 19898-1998 by Eamonn Mulcahy

Atonement as Gift: Re-Imagining the Cross for the Church and the World by Katie M. Heffelfinger and Patrick McGlinchey

Friday, April 17, 2015

Fr. Alexander Men on Pascha

The Essential Meaning of the Paschal Feast by Archpriest Alexander Men (+1990)

Fr. Florovsky on Pascha

This Luminous Night by Protopresbyter Georges Florovsky (+1979)

Christ the Sower

This explanation is really cool.

Posted by Orthodox Christian Network on Friday, April 10, 2015

Last Lecture by Fr. James Schall

I think that the settings may have been changed so that it is no longer embeddable. Here is the link.

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Paschal Encyclical of Patriarch Bartholomew

And from Archbishop Demetrios:

A message from His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios

Posted by Orthodox Christian Network on Saturday, April 11, 2015

Serbian Paschal Folk Song

Orthodox Pascha

Christ’s Resurrection Celebrated by Orthodox Christians Around the World (Photos)

Posted by Orthodoxy and the World on Monday, April 13, 2015

Paschal Great Vespers at Cathedral of Christ the Saviour in Moscow


Posted by Митрополит Иларион Алфеев (Metropolitan Hilarion) on Thursday, April 16, 2015

Paschal Messageby Patriarch KIRILL of Moscow and All Russiato the Archpastors, Pastors, Deacons, Monks and Nunsand...

Posted by Митрополит Иларион Алфеев (Metropolitan Hilarion) on Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Defning the Juridical Status of Episcopal Conferences

Disapproval Ratings. The Ambassador and the Cardinal by Sandro Magister

The first, designated by France, is rejected by the Vatican because he is homosexual. The second, prefect of the congregation for the doctrine of the faith, is opposed by the fans of Pope Francis. Who does not always make himself clear

Paschal Message of His Beatitude Sviatoslav

St. Philip Neri, Pray for Us!

Posted by DC Oratorians in Formation on Friday, April 10, 2015

Jubilee of Mercy

Pope Francis explains the reason he called for a Jubilee Year of Mercy.

Posted by Vatican Radio - English Section on Tuesday, April 14, 2015

When Pope Francis officially convoked the Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy with the publication of the Bull, “...

Posted by Vatican Radio - English Section on Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Pope Officially Proclaims Jubilee Year, Presents Bull of IndictionFrancis Asks: 'Many Question in Their Hearts: Why a Jubilee of Mercy Today?'

Posted by Zenit News Agency on Sunday, April 12, 2015

A Step Forward for Full Communion?

Armenian Catholics and Orthodox seek unity their martyrs enjoy by Cindy Wooden

The Pope, Turks & Armenians: A Lesson for America by Stephen Masty
Rod Dreher

On Divine Mercy Sunday, the Second Sunday of Easter, Pope Francis celebrated Solemn Mass for the Centenary of the Armenian Martyrdom.

Posted by Beauty of Catholicism on Sunday, April 12, 2015

Accepting Fr. Bouyer for What He Says

And not trying to turn him into a Latin traditionalist.

John Pepino teaches at Our Lady of Guadalupe Semnary; he probably either is a Latin traditionalists or a sympathizer, but he does not use Bouyer to serve an agenda regarding what language should be used for the Roman rite, recognizing that Fr. Bouyer was not a Latin absolutist (nor a vernacular absolutist):
For Bouyer, it goes without saying that the instructional parts of the Mass (the lessons) must be proclaimed in such a way as to be understood of the people. Yet he immediately adds that one should not thereby suppose that the vernacular should be put in just anywhere, or that such an introduction would suffice to make the Mass perfectly comprehensible.In the first place there has to be a standard Latin text that can be used as it is: Luther and his Swedish followers held their services in Latin in university settings (for the benefit of candidates to the ministry in particular), and Cranmer "produced a standard edition of his prayer book in traditional Latin." Furthermore the abandonment of Latin would be a severe loss for priests as it would alienate them from all the sources of Western Christian culture. But even at the parish level, the following must be maintained in Latin according to Bouyer: first, the great Latin Eucharistic Prayer, so that we may follow the very terms used by our ancestors in the faith; secondly, the five stable parts of the ordinary, which everybody can learn by heart and sing (Kyrie, Gloria, Credo, Sanctus-Benedictus, Agnus Dei). Above all one ought not, under pretext of avoiding archaism, impose a straitjacket of linguistic contemporariness. The liturgy our Lord and the Apostles knew was in Aramaic--their vernacular--but also in Hebrew, their sacred language. This phobia of Latin seems to stem from the naive hypothesis that Latin is the only obstacle to a full understanding of the liturgy while in fact, it is ignorance of Sacred Scripture that is the greatest obstacle. For this reason the Council envisages more room for the Bible, and asks preachers to give homilies explaining its meaning.

"Cassandra's Curse: Louis Bouyer, the Liturgical Movement, and the Post-Conciliar Reform of the Mass," Antiphon, vol 18, no. 3 (2014), 288-89.

[Too lazy to look for a respectable format for the endnote.]

Professor Pepino has lectured on Fr. Bouyer in front of an audience that probably included a few Latin traditionalists. How did they receive Fr. Bouyer?

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Ninth Meeting Begins

Ninth Meeting of Council of Cardinals Begins"Council of Nine" Continues Work of Curial Reform

Posted by Zenit News Agency on Monday, April 13, 2015

Pope Francis to Religious Formators

Pope: 'If There Is No Witness, No Coherence, There Will Be No Vocations'Francis Tells Religious Formators to Go Ahead With Joy

Posted by Zenit News Agency on Monday, April 13, 2015

Honorary Degrees for the Founders of the Neocatechumenal Way

Catholic University of America Confers Honorary Degree on Initiators of the Neocatechumenal WayKiko Argüello and Carmen Hernandez To Receive Honoris Causa from Pontifical University on May 16th

Posted by Zenit News Agency on Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Curial Appointments

Pope Francis has named several of the Cardinals created on February 14th members to various Dicasteries of the Roman Curia.

Posted by Vatican Radio - English Section on Monday, April 13, 2015

Where the Classical Orans Gesture Has Not Been Lost

The Archbishop of Westminster, Cardinal Vincent Nichols, has spoken to Vatican Radio upon his return from Erbil, the...

Posted by Vatican Radio - English Section on Monday, April 13, 2015

Archbishop Gänswein on Benedict XVI

The Prefect of the Papal Household and private secretary to Pope-emeritus Benedict XVI, Archbishop Georg Ganswein, has...

Posted by Vatican Radio - English Section on Wednesday, April 15, 2015


Here is a photo taken on Saturday of Pope-emeritus Benedict XVI and seminarians from the Archdiocese of Munich and Freising.

Posted by Vatican Radio - English Section on Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Pascha 2105 at Most Holy Theotokos


Shurishkan Gospel

Lifesite News: Cardinal Brandmüller: Advocates for changing Catholic teaching on marriage are ‘heretics’ – even if they are bishops

Lifesite (via Fr. Z)

Notes on Divine Righteousness, Satisfaction and Atonement

St. Thomas, ST III 46, 2 obj. 3
Further, God's justice required that Christ should satisfy by the Passion in order that man might be delivered from sin. But Christ cannot let His justice pass; for it is written (2 Timothy 2:13): "If we believe not, He continueth faithful, He cannot deny Himself." But He would deny Himself were He to deny His justice, since He is justice itself. It seems impossible, then, for man to be delivered otherwise than by Christ's Passion.

ST III 46, 2 ad 3:
Even this justice depends on the Divine will, requiring satisfaction for sin from the human race. But if He had willed to free man from sin without any satisfaction, He would not have acted against justice. For a judge, while preserving justice, cannot pardon fault without penalty, if he must visit fault committed against another--for instance, against another man, or against the State, or any Prince in higher authority. But God has no one higher than Himself, for He is the sovereign and common good of the whole universe. Consequently, if He forgive sin, which has the formality of fault in that it is committed against Himself, He wrongs no one: just as anyone else, overlooking a personal trespass, without satisfaction, acts mercifully and not unjustly. And so David exclaimed when he sought mercy: "To Thee only have I sinned" (Psalm 50:6), as if to say: "Thou canst pardon me without injustice."

One can say that Christ's human acts are meritorious and that His life, that in which we participate through the holy mysteries/the sacraments, provides the template for our deification. This much can be harmonized with Christus Victor theories .

Beyond this, the problem arises when Aquinas writes (ST III 48, 2): "He properly satisfies for an offense who offers something which the offended one loves equally, or even more than he detested the offense."

Usually it is understood as a form of quantitative equalizing, the "accounting ledger." It might be possible to make Aquinas here verbally agree with a Christus Victor theory of atonement, Christ satisfies Divine Righteousness for the sin of Adam (and our sins) by doing what Adam failed to do and thus countering his sin and fall, taking upon the condition of fallen man and healing him, etc..

But St. Thomas continues in III 48, 2: "But by suffering out of love and obedience, Christ gave more to God than was required to compensate for the offense of the whole human race."

The language still remains that of measuring or "accounting, as given in the language of the third objection, "Further, atonement implies equality with the trespass, since it is an act of justice," which Aquinas does not deny in his response.

Similarly, forcing an interpretation of justice as Divine Righteousness (in its wholly holy sense) could be done for ST III 46, 1 ad 3 but it would notbe a good fit :
That man should be delivered by Christ's Passion was in keeping with both His mercy and His justice. With His justice, because by His Passion Christ made satisfaction for the sin of the human race; and so man was set free by Christ's justice: and with His mercy, for since man of himself could not satisfy for the sin of all human nature, as was said above (Question 1, Article 2), God gave him His Son to satisfy for him, according to Romans 3:24-25: "Being justified freely by His grace, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus, whom God hath proposed to be a propitiation, through faith in His blood." And this came of more copious mercy than if He had forgiven sins without satisfaction. Hence it is said (Ephesians 2:4): "God, who is rich in mercy, for His exceeding charity wherewith He loved us, even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together in Christ."

The article from the new Catholic Encyclopedia may be an attempt at a corrective to "A rigorously juridical concept of satisfaction [that] can suggest an exchange governed by commutative justice. Excessive humanization of the Creator-creature relationship can effect the theological discussion of whether or not Christ's payment of satisfaction in mankind's name was in the strictest sense a work of justice."

It goes a way to try to return to Christus Victor theories of atonement and return to a fuller sense of Divine Righteosness, but it also takes steps back as soon as it advances. For example:
The Prophets and the Psalmist appeal to the justice of god when yearning for deliverance. Goodness, mercy, fidelity, constancy—all these are aspects of the Biblical notion of God's justice. When Saint Thomas speaks of "the severity of God" that was "unwilling to forgive sin without punishment," he rightly couples this immediately with "His goodness" in giving mankind one who could adequately satisfy in behalf of all those who deserved punishment (Summa theologiae 3a, 47.3 ad 1).

[Hampered by too much attachment to Aquinas.]

And: "The word propitiation reminds one that Christ's suffering and death were an expiation for an offense or an appeasement of an offended God."

And yet what follows does not support this as the explanation of propitiation, but rather propitiation as understood in Christus Victor theories : "Though God's loving justice was not punishing His innocent Son, He did so plan the redemptive Passion as to enable Jesus to express His filial love through experiences that came to mankind historically as punishments for sin, namely, suffering and death "


Tuesday, April 14, 2015


Congratulations to Fr. Ankido Sipo and Fr. Simon Esshaki, who were ordained to the priesthood last Friday. As...

Posted by Western Dominican Vocations on Monday, April 13, 2015

The Christian Mystery and Sacrifice

Monday, April 13, 2015

What sort of spirituality?

Imbuing the Ordinary Form with Extraordinary Form Spirituality by Peter Kwasniewski

While the author claims that such changes will be beneficial to the people (and there are spiritual benefits to the people for a reverent celebration of the Divine Liturgy), the article is mostly centered on the clerics. There is very little about fostering an authentic liturgical spirituality in the Christian faithful in general.

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Christos Anesti! (Julian calendar)

Christ is risen from the dead, trampling down death by death, and upon those in the tomb bestowing life!

Posted by Orthodox Christian Network on Sunday, April 12, 2015

Got my back issues of Antiphon yesterday afternoon; will enjoy reading more about Fr. Bouyer.

Saturday, April 11, 2015

Consecrated Life

Religious formators gathered in Rome for a seminar on fashioning new vocations in contemporary society – a task the Vatican’s point man for consecrated life says is not easy, but still full of hope.

Posted by Vatican Radio - English Section on Friday, April 10, 2015

Cardinal João Braz de Aviz, Prefect of the Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic...

Posted by Vatican Radio - English Section on Friday, April 10, 2015

Friday, April 10, 2015

A Scientist Talks about the First Draft of Interstellar

AICN: Copernicus: Science vs. INTERSTELLAR, Part 2!!

Cappella Romana on Millenium of Music

Thanks to Millennium of Music Radio for featuring our Good Friday In Jerusalem CD on their Easter 2015 Program!

Posted by Cappella Romana on Thursday, April 9, 2015

Hymn of Cassia

The Hymn of Cassia, a great hymn sung at Matins and Presanctified Liturgy of Holy Wednesday. This arrangement adapted...

Posted by Our Lady of Fatima Russian Byzantine Catholic Church on Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Holy Friday on the New Julian Calendar

Today, based on information gleaned from studying the Shroud of Turin, we can say that flogging consisted of thirty-nine...

Posted by Orthodoxy and the World on Friday, April 10, 2015

Ciboria and Tabernacles

More Byzantine temples should have ciboria within them!

Thursday, April 09, 2015

Great Thursday

Every time Liturgy is served, when the Eucharist is performed, God calls us “with uplifted minds” to ascend the mountain...

Posted by Orthodoxy and the World on Thursday, April 9, 2015

Is Pretending the Same as Lying?

People who pretended to be insane to hide their holiness. Crazy!

Posted by Orthodox Christian Network on Monday, April 6, 2015

St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church in Saint John—NB, Canada

Fr. Andrew writes: Here are some photos from our Nymphios service at St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church in Saint John—NB, Canada

Posted by Orthodox Christian Network on Tuesday, April 7, 2015

website and FB

More on Fr. Bouyer

Written last year on the anniversary of his death: Louis Bouyer, teologo da romanzo

OR: Parresia di un teologo scomodo: Le memorie di Louis Bouyer (Republished here.)·

Wednesday, April 08, 2015

St Stephanos Greek Orthodox Church, Hurlstone Park, Sydney Australia

"Hi. Here are some photos from Palm Sunday 2015 and the Bridegroom Service at the Greek Orthodox Parish of St Stephanos Hurlstone Park, Sydney Australia."

Posted by Orthodox Christian Network on Wednesday, April 8, 2015

website & FB

Gothic + Byzantine

Wow! "Palm Sunday in England. Above the icon of the raising of Lazarus on the right is a stone from his tomb."

Posted by Orthodox Christian Network on Monday, April 6, 2015

Holy Week in Jerusalem

Another great thing to watch in preparation for Pascha!

Posted by Orthodox Christian Network on Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Anunciation Greek Orthodox Church, Winston-Salem, NC

"My name is George, a Greek Orthodox Christian living and working in Houston, Texas. This year, I spent Palm Sunday in...

Posted by Orthodox Christian Network on Wednesday, April 8, 2015


Virtual Choir

Laudable, But Does the Need for the CDF Speak Against Certain Claims Regarding the Papacy?

The pope as universal teacher?

Vatican Insider: Müller suggests new task for Congregation for Doctrine of Faith

In an interview with French Catholic newspaper La Croix, the German cardinal stated: “The arrival of a theologian like Benedict XVI in the Chair of St. Peter was no doubt an exception. But John XXIII was not a professional theologian. Pope Francis is also more pastoral and our mission at the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith is to provide the theological structure of a pontificate.” So according to Müller’s statement, the former Holy Office must “theologically structure” Pope Francis’ pontificate. And this is probably the reason why the Prefect gives public statements on such a frequent basis, like never before.

The Angel Cried Out

NLM: “The Angel Cried Out” - The Byzantine Easter Hymn to the Virgin by Gregory DiPippo

A Jesuit Making Peace with Opus Dei?

From last year: Pope Francis’ Letter on Beatification of Alvaro del Portillo
Pope Francis’ letter to Bishop Javier Echevarría, Prelate of Opus Dei, for the beatification of Alvaro del Portillo. Dated June 26, 2014.

Highlights of his beatification.
Blessed Alvaro del Portillo
website for his beatification

Regarding devotion to the Holy Family, I came across this interesting point in Bouyer's The Invisible Father last weekend:

As for the Latin formulas, they are even worse: as if an abstract Godhead only took on a genuinely personal appearance in God-made-man. And it is best to pass over those deformations so justly stigmatized by Thomas Mozley, and which seem to suggest that the Trinity adored in practice by Western Catholics is not that of the heavenly Father, the Son and the Spirit, but that of the Mother, Child and Foster-father!

The Invisible Father (Petersham, MA: St. Bede's Publications, 1976), 240.

Tuesday, April 07, 2015

Watered-Down Adopted Sonship?

Opus Dei: Message
Divine filiation. “Divine filiation is the foundation of the spirit of Opus Dei,” said its founder, St. Josemaría Escrivá. The Christian is a child of God by virtue of baptism. Thus the formation provided by the Prelature seeks to foster among the Christian faithful a deep awareness of their being children of God, and helps them act accordingly. It fosters confidence in divine providence, simplicity in their dialogue with God, a deep awareness of the dignity of each human being and of the need for fraternity among all people, a truly Christian love for the world and for all human realities created by God, and a sense of calm and optimism.

Sounds like the watered-down version of St. Thérèse of Lisieux, rather than a robust understanding of deification.

Pascha Divine Liturgies


Easter Badarak 2015

A Worthy Heir to Bouyer?

Notre Dame Center for Liturgy, Institute for Church Life -- Oblation: Liturgy and Life