We are fast approaching the great feast of Pentecost. A saint to attend to is St. Basil the Great. Basil’s work is understood as a key and definitive statement on the divinity of the Holy Spirit in the early Church. A monumental intellectual work on the Holy Spirit won’t appear for many centuries later with Cardinal Ives […]
Today is the birthday of Father Alexander Vladimirovich Men (22 January 1935), a Russian Orthodox priest who assassinated on 9 September 1990. A convert father, priest, prolific author and martyr. His writings are very interesting and impactful. Eternal memory.
The Catholic Church has a special concern for those who died and have not entered into the Beatific Vision. Eternal Father, I offer You the most Precious Blood of Your Divine Son, Jesus, in union with the Masses said throughout the world today, for all the Holy Souls in Purgatory, for all sinners everywhere, for […]
Eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord, and let the radiance of your light shine forever upon them (cf. 2 Es 2:35). To you our praise is due in Zion, O God. To you we pay our vows, you who hear our prayer; to you all flesh will come (Ps 64:2-3). Requirements for Obtaining a […]
In the Western Church, the Sunday following Pentecost is Trinity Sunday. As point of comparison the Byzantine Church today is the Sunday of All Saints. There are plenty of things to say about the Holy Trinity but I think this hymn attributed to St. Jacob of Sarug found today in the Syriac Maronite at the Third […]
Earlier this month we the Church liturgical recalled the Guardian Angels and in late September we did the same for the Archangels. I have been thinking of the presence of the angels of late and came across this line from St. John Chrysostom who tells us of our angelic calling: “On high the armies […]
Transfiguration, Donald Jackson with contributions from Aidan Hart, Copyright 2002, The Saint John’s Bible, Saint John’s University, Collegeville, Minnesota, USA. Used by permission. All rights reserved.
A friend brought my attention to an essay by pulling out this quote: A good theologian…’has to be a historian, a philosopher, a linguist, a skillful interpreter of texts both ancient and modern, and probably many other things besides.’ In many ways, a course in theology is an ideal synthesis of all other liberal arts: […]