To the Alexandrians.
I have already heard of the persecution in Alexandria and the rest of Egypt, and, as might be expected, I am deeply affected. I have observed the ingenuity of the devil’s mode of warfare. When he saw that the Church increased under the persecution of enemies and flourished all the more, he changed his plan.
To the Alexandrians.
Missing regular inside Liturgy so much. 😔 Grateful that we have the ability (an extra altar) to be outdoors, but I really, really miss the scent of incense and hearing the heavenly voices of song and chant totally filling the air.(more…)
“Do you have an infant child? Allow sin no opportunity; rather, let the infant be sanctified from childhood. From his most tender age let him be consecrated by the Spirit. Do you fear the seal [of baptism] because of the weakness of nature? Oh, what a pusillanimous mother and of how little faith!” St. Gregory the Theologian – Oration on Holy Baptism 40:7 [A.D. 388](more…)
I would argue that the most troubling and obvious issue plaguing Christianity today is the fear of death. Coronavirus has ripped cover off that secret. It’s been exposed and there is no hiding this terrible and shameful fact. We, the people of the resurrection are afraid, nay, terrified of inevitable death. Our treasures have been stored here in our temporal life and we shake our fists when an aged person beyond 80 years old dies. “It isn’t fair,” we cry in anger. It is as though we believe that death is a punishment and that earth is heaven.(more…)
You all are upset about what the MSM tells you to be upset about. They feed you fear and you swallow it up wholesale. They told you to be angry and fearful of a virus and you were. They told you to be angry at people who question the oppression and you were. People like me have been fighting against the dehumanization of people and you mocked us and told us we are unloving first peacefully assembling and defending ALL of us from oppression. Then the media decides that you don’t need to be afraid of the virus anymore. Now it’s cops (hello?!). Did the virus go away? You all aren’t worried about the virus killing protesters now, because two weeks ago people were telling me that they hope the virus kills me for my “selfishness” and “stupidity”.
The big hashtag this lent has been #paschainthedesert, and what a desert it’s been. The multitudes of faithful Christians–especially in America–have been without the sacraments. It’s been a difficult journey and time, but my faith has been renewed and invigorated by priests who have so bravely refused to allow the fear of plague to discontinue the Divine Liturgy and giving of our life-giving sacraments to the faithful.
The Church has been tested with fire (1 Corinthians 3:10-23 & Proverbs 17:3). We are being purified.(more…)