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St. John Chrysostom

The Twenty-Second Day of Great Lent. The Death of Christ and the Life of Man »

March 22nd, 2019    Posted in Daily Meditations

By Fr. Stephen Freeman, April 15, 2016  Several years ago, someone wrote and asked, “Why did Christ have to die on the Cross?” It is the question that prompted this article. Recently, we have been having a discussion regarding the atonement within the comments section of the blog. I have pointed out that the notion of Christ being punished by the wrath of God for our sakes is not, in fact, […]

The Second Day of Great Lent. “When You Fast…” »

March 12th, 2019    Posted in Daily Meditations

What appears to happen in the Passion of Christ and what actually happens are not at all the same. What appears to happen is not that extraordinary.  The Romans crucified a Jewish man in order to keep public order.  During their long rule over Judea, the Romans had killed many Jews, making the death of Jesus one among these many.  But, only in appearance.  The reality was very different.  The […]

The Work That Saves »

March 1st, 2019    Posted in Daily Meditations

By Fr. Stephen Freeman, April 17, 2015 Do we cooperate in our salvation? Do our efforts make a difference? These questions lie at the heart of a centuries-old religious debate in Christianity. Classically, the Protestant reformers said, “No,” to these questions, arguing that we are saved solely and utterly by God’s grace, His unmerited favor. The Catholic Church replied that “faith without works” is dead and that faith alone is […]

The Thirty-Sixth Day of Christmas Advent. The Voice Calls Out to Us. »

December 20th, 2018    Posted in Daily Meditations

EVEN NOW THE VOICE CALLS OUT TO US, asking that we turn, bidding us again to prepare the way of the Lord. And most of us, most of the time, will break our hearts trying to respond as we should. Repentance—that turn of heart and mind—is not so easy to accomplish, nor do our preparations of “the way” ever feel quite complete. Still and always, the voice calls to us […]

‘A Lover of Knowledge’—St Mark the Ascetic »

October 5th, 2018    Posted in Daily Meditations

Today we celebrate the memory of the Holy Mark the Ascetic (5th c.), also known as St Mark the Monk. Although St Mark wrote some very important hesychastic treatises, which have been included in the Philokalia, little is known about his life. An ascetic and wonderworker, he was made a monk at the age of forty by his teacher, St John Chrysostom. Mark spent sixty more years in the Nitrian […]