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God’s Risk (Part I) »

October 16th, 2018    Posted in Daily Meditations

God’s Risk (Part I) The human being, the being who is personal, is the pinnacle of creation. With humanity the omnipotence of God gives rise to something radically new. Not a lifeless reflection or a puppet, but a freedom which can oppose God, and put the fulfillment of God’s creation in jeopardy by excluding him from it. In the supreme achievement of God’s creative omnipotence – for only life giving […]

Sex and the Moral Imagination »

September 28th, 2018    Posted in Daily Meditations

By Fr. Stephen Freeman, February 12, 2015 …. For although the Supreme Court is not the arbiter of morality, its decisions generally signal a deep level of cultural acceptance. Of course, in American practice, the Court represents the apex of legal/forensic imagination. Its decision[s]…signal the bankruptcy of the forensic model for continuing Christian thought. When questions of sexual behavior are placed before the legal model, Christians are simply unable to make […]

The Moral Path of Being »

September 21st, 2018    Posted in Daily Meditations

By Fr. Stephen Freeman, February 9, 2015 If Christian morality is not a legal or forensic matter, how are we to think about moral behavior? Does the word have no use for Orthodox Christians? What do we think about when we confess our sins? If morality is ontological – a matter of being – what does that look like? To say that morality is ontological, a matter of our being, is to confess that […]

The Fore-Feast of the Universal Exaltation of the Precious and Life-Giving Cross »

September 13th, 2018    Posted in Daily Meditations

“He who penetrates beyond the Cross and the Tomb and finds himself initiated into the mystery of the Resurrection, learns the end for which God has created all things.” –Saint Maximus the Confessor                         Christ assumed our nature; He voluntarily submitted to all the consequences of sin; He took on Himself the responsibility for our error, while remaining a stranger […]

The 9-11 Cross at Ground Zero »

September 11th, 2018    Posted in Daily Meditations

When someone says 9-11 almost everyone in America will know that it refers to September 11, 2001, the day of the infamous attacks on the United States by 19 hijackers who flew two airline passenger jets into the World Trade Center in New York, one into the Pentagon near Washington DC, and one that crashed into a field near Shanksville, Pennsylvania, while it was undoubtedly bound for the Capitol or […]