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Saint Sophia Blog: September

JUDGE NOT »

September 28th, 2012    Posted in Daily Meditations

JUDGE NOT, THAT YOU BE NOT JUDGED. –MATTHEW 7:1 It is a sobering thought that the finest act of love you can perform is not an act of service but an act of contemplation, of seeing. When you serve people you help, support, comfort, alleviate pain. When you see them in their inner beauty and goodness you transform and create. Think of some of the people you like and are […]

Persons in Communion: From Individual to Person (Part II) »

September 27th, 2012    Posted in Daily Meditations

The power of love has perhaps been best described by Gregory of Nyssa. He was undoubtedly forced to it by the Origenists, whose Christian belief, though profound, was still permeated with the cyclical outlook of the ancient world. According to the Origenists, souls were in the beginning filled with God and with one another, but were surfeited by the experience. Desiring a change, they then chose a state of separation, […]

Persons in Communion: From Individual to Person (Part I) »

September 26th, 2012    Posted in Daily Meditations

The Body of Christ is not only unity but interchange, by which the ‘movement of love’ of the Trinity is conveyed to humankind. This movement, in which each effaces himself in order to give, is the transition from individual to person, a growing to maturity certainly, but only achieved by means of a succession of death-and-resurrections, in the course of which we are stripped down and recreated. We become unique, […]

Father Maximos on the Sins of Parents »

September 25th, 2012    Posted in Daily Meditations

After further discussion and clarification of the issues, Fr. Maximos signaled for the next question. A woman in her fifties, who introduced herself as Maria, a professional counselor, spoke in accented Greek. “Your Eminence, can you comment on what I used to hear my parents say when young, namely that in our religion it is believed that the sins of the parents torment their children?” “Did you hear this in […]

Jesus is Lord »

September 24th, 2012    Posted in Daily Meditations

“Jesus is Lord” (Romans 10:10) was proclaimed by the early church as their most concise creedal statement. No one ever told me this was a political and subversive statement, until I studied the Scriptures. To say “Jesus is Lord” was testing and provoking the Roman pledge of allegiance that every Roman citizen had to shout when they raised their hand to the Roman insignia: “Caesar is Lord.” Early Christians were […]