Monday, May 29, 2017

How Useful for Prayer?

Even if one can make use of statues in prayer and liturgy*, could one pray with a statue depicting Christ or His saint smiling? (As opposed to making a pious gesture or a quick devotional prayer?) I don't think so.

"Does the Latin tradition have a problem with the use of images in prayer?"

*Can one use statues for the same amount of time as one can use two-dimensional images? I think because of their depth, the matter of the statues would eventually become distracting.

St. John the Theologian

On this Day...

Sunday, May 28, 2017

Eastern Christian Books: We Have Here No Lasting City.....or Church (I)

Eastern Christian Books: We Have Here No Lasting City.....or Church (I)


Orthodox Christianity: Christ is Risen! Part 7a. Subtle Differences Between East and West

Dr. Jeannie Constantinou

Before continuing with her discussion of 1 Corinthians in her seventh and last podcast on Christ’s Resurrection, Dr. Jeannie Constantinou discusses some of the subtle differences between the Eastern and Western understandings of doctrine.

Cardinal Müller on The World Over

Cardinal Müller discusses Islam, "Amoris Laetitia", liturgy, secularism on "The World Over"

Saturday, May 27, 2017

St. Gennadios Scholarios

I was wondering if there was a local cult to this patriarch of Constantinople, but then was reminded that some regard him as having been canonized, so I had to double-check.

Perhaps it is time to promote his cult and have more icons of him painted.

How Much for That Cover?

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Orthodox Choir of Monastery Kovilj

"Orthodox Latin-Greek Western Rite Chant" - I don't think the Latin comes in until after a minute or so...

Dale Ahlquist on the Chesterton Option

The Dispatch

Plenty of economic localism -- but is it enough? Even Catholics are clueless with respect to community-formation.

The Patristic View of Sex or Marital Relations

Was there a consensus?

James Brundage, Law, Sex, and Christian Society in Medieval Europe
Google Books

Mentioned here by someone who is not particularly orthodox, iirc.

Still, is some sort of revision necessary, not for the basic precepts regarding our sexual powers, but with respect to our attitudees and understanding of the virtues pertaining to those powers and marital relations?

The conjugal act: as God originally intended or a concession to the Fall?

Infants and children may need sensible signs of affection and touch by parents for their emotional/mental health and to flourish, and this may be true of adults to an extent that we may not realize. Would we say that this is merely concupiscence, our desire to touch and to be touched? In so far as it is non-rational, maybe some would. (Concupiscence is not just a condition of the sexual appetite but of the appetite for nutrition as well, and what else? Hunger, indeed.) A consequence of the fall, an increased animality or manifestation of the "sensitive" aspect of the soul? Maybe, maybe not. But a real feature of human beings in this world, nonetheless. So why wouldn't it be the case with how men and women, or husbands and wives relate to one another? Is something to be condemned or criticized or merely permitted because it is "too" carnal, or not "spiritual" enough? What if there is a natural teleology to certain acts of touch that we may be tempted to dismiss because we think we shouldn't need them?

What of the prophecy of St. Paisios?

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

When there is no political community at large, just an aggregate of individual/families held together by force, what are the rules of war for those legitimately seeking to create a community?

Not Solesmes

Monday, May 22, 2017

The Healing of the Paralytic

World's Largest Mosaic arrives to decorate Belgrade's Cathedral

Icons of Sound Project - Trisagion


The Voice of Hagia Sophia

What would a female version of this sound like? Could someone even like Divna Ljubojević pull it off? Perhaps, but would it be as effective and awesome? I think I have heard women trying to hold a note for an extended period of time in Gregorian chant (maybe polyphony?)?

Orientale Lumen XXI

Next month.

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Institute for Orthodox Christian Studies


The Evangelical Importance of Great Vespers

Authentic Relationships


I Should Have Waited Instead of Pre-Ordering

CWR Dispatch: Benedict XVI: "With Cardinal Sarah ... the liturgy is in good hands." by Carl E. Olson
A new essay by Benedict XVI will be included in future printings of Cardinal Sarah's new book "The Power of Silence" (Ignatius, 2017).

Benedict XVI's essay

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Understanding Pascha

Saturday, May 13, 2017

How much is tuition?

Chesterton Academy

CWR Dispatch: How do we teach beauty? by Dale Ahlquist
Chesterton says, “Wherever men are happy, they will build beautiful things.” The modern world is ugly because we are unhappy. The modern world is ugly because we do not love the modern world.

Interview with Tracey Rowland

CWR: Tracey Rowland's Guide Through the Catholic Academic "Zoo" by Carl E. Olson

"Theology is important because it is all about reasoning about the highest things. It is the one thing a person doesn’t want to get wrong in life because it affects one’s eternal destiny."

Person in the Christian Tradition

Theotokos Institute of Catholic Studies (alt)

(via Byz, TX)

The Marian Option

The Marian Option by Carrie Gress

Related: Why "the Marian Option" is not optional today

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

The Pascha Gospels of the Byzantine Rite

Before the Fall...

Would the body be indestructible or impervious to injury (a preternatural gift) or would it be subject to a miraculous healing immediately or mediately by some gift of God? If the former, would the emotion of fear (with respect to physical dangers) have existed?

Monday, May 08, 2017

CWR: He shall be called “Father Benedict” by James Day
Joseph Ratzinger has adopted many names throughout his lifetime. He is one of few popes known for his significant contributions to faith and culture before assuming Benedict XVI.

"Love Your Neighbor"

Saturday, May 06, 2017

A Difference in Traditions

CWR: Lessons from the Prophetess of Eucharistic Love by Paul Senz
Saint Mary Magdalene, says Fr. Sean Davidson, author of a new book on her life and example, "is the perfect adorer of the Real Presence of Jesus in the Gospels."

I Hope This is Good

Wow, Part 8 Already

I have not been keeping up with this series...

I'm Not Tempted to Look Back

Had a short talk with a friend and we touched upon the current state of the Roman rite...

A Temple to Visit in Vegas

St. Paul the Apostle

The Mystical Life

Religious Art

More by Aidan Hart

A Couple of Interesting Entries from Fr. Hunwicke

Uncreated Light?
The protohistory of the Ordinariates

Thursday, May 04, 2017

Holy Job

Why not St. John the Forerunner as Well?

Why shouldn't he be named a patron of the Universal Church?

Or is this feast really tied to the Latin devotion to the Holy Family?

Does Rome really speak for the Universal Church in this matter? (Like canonizations and naming doctors of the Church, isn't this only in reference to its own liturgical calendar and cultus?)

Wednesday, May 03, 2017

Biblical Thomism

The Present Crisis in the Patriarchate of Rome

It is probably not correct to trace it as a consequence of ecclesial trends prior to and culminating in the Council of Trent, much less to intellectual trends alone, but one must also take into consideration the development of the modern nation-state (with its roots in the centralization of power by nationalist kings) and how the Church responded accordingly.

It's not just neo-scholasticism or Tridentine Roman Catholicism that is the problem, though they do have a major effect on the Church's ability to evangelize.

Tuesday, May 02, 2017

What is the diaconate?

Fr. Hunwicke: What is the Diaconate? and Diaconia in the Tradition of the Roman Church (1)

Homo economicus is actually Homo servus

The illusion of economic freedom is just that.

Economic productivity has been extracted by powers outside the home, leaving little economic freedom that is rooted in a domestic economy. And now, even women have been taken out of the home so they can be turned into consuming/producing units in service of those holding economic power.

Without cheap energy to sustain the system and the consolidation of economic and political power by the few, feminism would not be possible.