Saturday, November 29, 2008

St. Vincent of Lerins +450 A leading theologian of the Church of Gaul in the 5th century

"But it must be progress in the proper sense of the word, and not a change in faith. Progress means that each thing grows within itself, whereas change implies that one thing is transformed into another .... The growth of religion in the soul should be like the growth of the body, which in the course of year develops and unfolds, yet remains the same as it was."

Friday, November 28, 2008

Who Truly Knows God

As St. Silouan taught: “We only know God to the extent that we love our enemies.”

Sunday, November 16, 2008

Is God Just?

"Do not call God just, for His justice is not manifest in the things concerning you. And if David calls Him just and upright, His Son revealed to us that He is good and kind. 'He is good', He says 'to the evil and to the impious.' How can you call God just when you come across the Scriptural passage on the wage given to the workers?...How can a man call God just when he comes across the passage on the prodigal son who wasted his wealth with riotous living, how for the compunction alone which he showed, the father ran and fell upon his neck and gave him authority over all his wealth? Where, then, is God's justice, for while we are sinners Christ died for us!"
- St Isaac of Syria

Saturday, November 8, 2008

Beautiful, Mysterious, Inspirational Orthodox Architecture

A Few Words From One Of The Greatest Teachers Of The Ancient Church

'When you have become God's in the measure he desires, then he himself will bestow you upon others; unless, to your greater glory, he choose to keep you all to himself.' — St Basil the Great