December 21, 2017

Now that I have, by God's grace finished these 15  reflections on the Byzantine Rosary Mysteries, I just want to thank you all for your love and prayers.  Exploring the richness of the Eastern Churches widens the soul's understanding of how much Light really does come...

December 21, 2017

The Coronation of Mary declares her to be Queen of Heaven, and so she is.  The more mystically oriented  East doesn't use the monarch image, but rather speaks of her glorification- a fact reflected in the Russian fondness for calling her, "God, after God."  She now par...

December 21, 2017

The  Dormition  (the falling asleep of the Mother of God)  is followed right away in Eastern minds by her Assumption, just as it is with us in the West.  The beautiful stories of her calling the Disciples to her side, with Thomas arriving too late, are so familiar.  Th...

December 20, 2017

In our Western Church we like to wear red on Pentecost to honor the Holy Spirit.  Red speaks of Divine Love and also (be aware!) speaks of the Fire of Purification He brings to souls who really want to know God.  So, in the West,  red, for the two kinds of fire.  The E...

December 18, 2017

You and I measure everything by time, from "What time is it?", to "When was that?" - and beyond these simple reliances  to a vast  array  of time-related calculations.  So, when we think of eternity, we are at a major disadvantage.  The idea that Christ existed as a re...

December 18, 2017

OrthodoX do not speak of purgatory and hell, but only of the place of the  dead.  Hell is where Jesus descended, as we profess in the Creed, and broke down the doors that held the dead there - taking them to Heaven.  Some  remained in the place of the dead for  continu...

December 6, 2017

Here we have more on participation in God's plan of salvation....In her agony at the foot of the cross Mary participates in the redemptive suffering of Christ, making her an active participant in the salvation of the whole creation.  You and I participate in the world'...

December 6, 2017

So many themes come to mind with this mystery, making it a wonderful Text for meditation!  The icon shows the bride and groom at the table of feasting, surrounded by family and friends.  Jesus and some disciples are there as well as Mary, who is talking to him.  "They...

December 1, 2017

Looking at the icon of Jesus sitting and conversing with the Doctors of the Law, I could not stop thinking of the adult Jesus sitting with his Disciples and discussing the Law of Moses, but leading to teachings of the new and higher Law of Love, taught by the new Lawgi...

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