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FACING UP TO MARY

By Peter E. Gillquist Source: http://thechristianactivist.com (Published by Conciliar Press 1987) Is it safe to say that no woman in history is more misunderstood by modern Christendom than the Virgin Mary? And it is also probable that in a discussion concerning Mary between two Christians, if their differences remain unresolved, most likely it will be due to differing interpretations of ... Read More »

Call No Man Father

By Fr J. Richard Ballew Source: http://thechristianactivist.com/ (Originally Published by Conciliar Press, 1994) Scriptural Account – Matthew 23:1-12 Then Jesus spoke to the multitudes and to His disciples, saying: “The scribes and Pharisees sit in Moses’ seat. Therefore whatever they tell you to observe, that observe and do, but do not do according to their works; for they say, and ... Read More »

Discourse On the Day of the Baptism of Christ

We shall now say something about the present feast. Many celebrate the feastdays and know their designations, but the cause for which they were established they know not. Thus concerning this, that the present feast is called Theophany — everyone knows; but what this is — Theophany, and whether it be one thing or another, they know not. And this ... Read More »

Saint Ephraim the Syrian’s 100 Stanzas on the Nativity

*1. This is the day that gladdened them, the Prophets, Kings, and Priests, for in it were their words fulfilled, and thus were the whole of them indeed performed! *2. For the Virgin this day brought forth Immanuel in Bethlehem. The voice that of old Isaiah spoke, today became reality. *3. He was born there who in writing should tell ... Read More »

Parable of the Good Samaritan (Lk. 10:25-37): A Lesson in Humanity and Living Faith

Introduction The Gospel pericope of Luke 10:25-37, better known by its title, the Parable of the Good Samaritan, is universal and relevant to all peoples, irrespective of their position within society, their age, their cultural context, the era in which they live or their geographical location. This is because the question raised by an arrogant and deceitful practitioner of the ... Read More »

5th Sunday of Luke; Lk 16:19-31 The Rich Man and Lazarus

Christs’ account of the parable of the rich man and Lazarus should raise questions in each one of us regarding our attitude to our current way of life, and what we must do to acquire eternal life after death. A basic teaching in this parable is the fact that life after death is an “echo” of the current one, which ... Read More »

Saint Paisios: “A Christian Must Not Be Fanatical”

By Elder Paisios the Athonite A Christian must not be fanatical; he must have love for and be sensitive towards all people. Those who inconsiderately toss out comments, even if they are true, can cause harm. I once met a theologian who was extremely pious, but who had the habit of speaking to the secular people around him in a ... Read More »

11th Sunday of Matthew – A Parable on Forgiveness

Matthew 18:23-35 Dearly beloved, it was Socrates who once said that: “False words are not only evil in themselves, but they infect the soul with evil”. Yet I tell you that one of the greatest evils that confronts each and every person upon this planet, (which echoes this wise saying of Socrates); is when we falsely seek forgiveness and merely ... Read More »