Tomorrow Orthodoxy celebrates one of the greatest...
Keep your eyes fixed on the Lord, who guides you, and do not look back.– St. Augustine (Discourses on the Psalms 75, 16)
The more you love, the higher you rise.– St. Augustine (Discourses on the Psalms 83, 10)
uCatholic: St. Cecilia →
ucatholic: Saint Cecilia is said to have heard heavenly music inside her heart when she was forced to marry the pagan, Valerian. A wealth of music, art and festivals in honor of St. Cecilia has grown from this little bit of information from her biography. She is the acclaimed patron saint of music,…
80% of the acts of religious intolerance in the world today are directed against...– John L. Allen, Jr. (via fathershane)
Lord, only this do I ask of your great kindness, that you convert me totally to...– St. Augustine (Soliloquies 1,6)
YOUCAT: 7. Why did God have to show himself in... →
youthcatechism: Man can know by reason that God exists, but not what God is really like. Yet because God would very much like to be known, he has revealed himself. God did not have to reveal himself to us. But he did it — out of love. Just as in human love one can know something about the beloved person only if…
more commercials on hulu...
any hulu users out there? A couple of years ago, hulu had a few commercial breaks with one commercial each. In the past year, many shows and movies were showing 2 advertisements each break. Now they are up to 3. I shouldn’t be complaining, since I am not a paying member of hulu+… yet, wasn’t the whole point of this to get away from ubiquitous commercialism in American life? Is...
The measure of love is love without measure.– St. Augustine
Fr. Shane Johnson: 1. For what purpose are we here... →
youthcatechism: We are here on earth in order to know and to love God, to do good according to his will, and to go someday to heaven. To be a human being means to come from God and to go to God. Our origin goes back farther than our parents. We come from God, in whom all the happiness of…
A care package for the poor seminarian
One of the brothers here received another care package from his home parish. Last time, the care package had a lot of fresh baked goods. The funny thing is, that it sat there for several days before he noticed the package addressed to him, and that he opened to share the cookies with the brothers. This time, however, the care package was a little more awkward. Water bottles, Ramen noodles, cough...
Final Research Paper on Saint Ephrem the Syrian
I received approval for my proposed research paper on Ephrem, patron of the blog and my music. I was thinking of posting excerpts and summaries here, especially if there is interest.
Even though it profits ourselves and not the saints,when we honor them; still,...– Augustine
Happy birthday Saint Augustine!!!
Simply Orthodox ☦: Ten Points of the Orthodox Way... →
simplyorthodox: 1. Praying Daily Have a regular prayer rule that includes morning and evening prayer. 2. Worshiping and Participating in Sacraments Attend and participate in the Divine Liturgy receiving Holy Communion regularly as well as regular participation in Confession. 3. Honoring… I think a good Catholic would benefit from balancing each of these
Simply Orthodox ☦: Why Do We Need the Church? →
simplyorthodox: The Church is not just an earthly institution that seeks to control us by rules and limit our worship to stale rites. It is a living, breathing being literally the Body of Christ. This means that our life in Christ can only be lived within the life of the Church His Body. All aspects of…
Today is the anniversary of my Baptism
yay! happy anniversary me!
Christians in the East, and my story.
If you are a Roman Catholic, you typically cross yourself forehead, heart, left shoulder, right shoulder. For my entire life growin up I signed myself forehead, heart, right shoulder, left shoulder. I was probably seventeen when someone indicated to me that I was doing it “wrong.” The next person indicated I wasn’t doing it wrong, I was doing it Greek Orthodox. In the month of...
Ample evidence indicates that sexualization [of... →
Two years ago, in my sexual ethics course, I encountered the cliche narrative: We all used to be sexually repressed, and now we are advanced and accept our sexuality, and are so much better off. In other words, there was a time when we were not allowed to be fully human because we could not be allowed to accept our sexual selves. I don’t know, but that narrative is like trying to shove...
Washington Post, Hip Hop, Theology →
Tuesday, the Washington Post covered a story on Christian Hip Hop at Church. The article can be found here. A few claims were made in the article that were worth considering. Embracing hip-hop as a means of reaching young people who are turned off by the traditional church does not compromise one’s faith. I thought it could be obvious that Hip Hop is not contrary to Church, in the same way...
Veteran's Day and Martin of Tours →
via Taylor Marshall at Canterbury Tales This day is the feast of Saint Martin (c. 316 – 397) - that godly hermit and bishop who had once been a soldier. Martin laid down the sword in order to live a life of peace and penance under the gentle yoke of Jesus Christ. St Martin is Europe’s chief example of the transition from soldier to saint; from war to peace. Traditionally, November 11 had...
Vanity Fair writing about Young Nuns →
Vanity Fair has written an article on Young twentysomethings entering or thinking about entering the convent. The title of the article mentions the “Counter Cultural Appeal.” Counter Cultural? well in what ways, here are just a few thoughts on Counter Cultural? It does make me wonder? Our Culture tells us that what we do is what makes us matter. Religious Life reminds us that it is who...
Truth is sought, that it may be found, that it may be sought the more eagerly.– St. Augustine (On the Holy Trinity 15, 2,2)
Saint of the Day
joecatholic: Pope St. Leo the Great (400-461) Leo was Pope when Attila the Hun invaded Rome. Many believe it was his sanctity and eloquence that saved the city. He called the Council of Chalcedon to condemn a number of major heresies of the period. An eloquent writer and homilist, he was proclaimed a Doctor of the Church.
Elder Porphyrios said...
simplyorthodox: The Soul is sanctified and purified through the study of the words of the Fathers, through the memorization of the psalms and of portions of Scripture, through the singing of hymns and through the repetition of the Jesus Prayer. -Elder Porphyrios
More leading ex-atheists: Jennifer Fulwiler tells... →
themorningstars: “My feelings of frustration and resentment towards God reached a head. And then, just at the right time, I happened to come across a quote from C.S. Lewis in which he pointed out: [God] shows much more of Himself to some people than to others — not because He has favourites, but because it is impossible for Him to show Himself to a man whose whole mind and character are in the...
What are the odds that you should exist? Close to... →
uCatholic: Virtual Tour of St. John Lateran... →
ucatholic: Most Catholics think of St. Peter’s as the pope’s main church, but they are wrong. St. John Lateran is the pope’s church, the cathedral of the Diocese of Rome where the Bishop of Rome presides. The first basilica on the site was built in the fourth century when the Roman Emperor…
No man passes judgment on truth, but without it no man has good judgment.– St. Augustine (On Free Will 22, 23)
A man who allows others to be deceived in order to hide his own error has the...– St. Augustine (Discourses on the Psalms 138, 15)
To say that a bad priest denies the validity of the Church is like saying that a...– (via catholicknight)
Consecration to Jesus through Mary, there's an App... →
St. Louis de Montfort began an important tradition among Catholics called the Consecration to Jesus through Mary. We chose a particular day, in which we prepare to make ourselves a gift to Jesus. Rooted in our own tradition of Marian Devotion, and some magnificent prayers, we reflect for some 33 days, with a gradual procession to Jesus. It is a wonderful tradition. Anyways, there is an App...
Paradox & Sean P "Mending"
Paradox and Sean P team up for Mending. It has been a long time coming, because Paradox intricate lyrical stylings can harmonize with Sean P’s penchant for funk. It feels like Paradox is still fresh off of Called to Mind, reviewed here, and Sean P is still fresh off of Move Merchants. I know I was excited to hear about this work, and it still caught me by surprise. Be sure to support. As...
Sintax & Kurfu "Prince With a Thousand Enemies"
Joseph Brewer, lawyer by day, who even raps the news… Had another impressive conceptual album with longtime friend DJ Kurfu called Prince With a Thousand Enemies. For the past year or so, Sintax has been rapping the news on his site ipoetblog. Then he released an album with DeepSpace5 bandmate Beat Rabbi called Qoheleth. That was conceptual as well, and you can check out my brief review here. I...
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